Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions
At the beginning of Public Enemy’s iconic 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a live snippet was taken from an infamous performance at what was then known as the Hammersmith Odeon. In the opening track, Professor Griff bellows out “London, England. Consider yourselves warned”. Fast forward to Saturday 29th June 2019, and the same iconic London venue, know known as the Eventim Apollo, will heed the same warning as Cage Warriors 106 rolls into town.
Dubbed as the biggest night in Cage Warriors history, Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions includes no less than six title fights on what has all the makings of an unforgettable night of MMA action.
Ross Houston (8-0) vs Nicolas Dalby (17-3-1)
Welterweight title fight
The main event of the Night of Champions card sees the current welterweight champion, Ross Houston, take on the current interim welterweight champion, Nicolas Dalby. With all the potential ingredients for fight of the night, Houston and Dalby are ready for a war.
Houston claimed the title after a bruising encounter with the Italian Stefano Paternò at Cage Warriors 98 in Birmingham last year. In a fight that could have quite easily have seen Paternò as the champion, Houston makes his first defence of his belt tonight against the resurgent Nicolas Dalby.
After successfully defending the Cage Warriors welterweight title for the first time himself, against Mohsen Bahari in November 2014, Nicolas Dalby got the call from the UFC which saw him vacate the title. In his four-fight stint at the top table, Dalby marched onto a 14-0 record after winning his debut in the Octagon. It was, however, during his fight with Darren Till that Dalby realised another battle was on the cards as he fought with depression during his spell in the UFC.
Tonight, Dalby will be looking to reclaim the welterweight title that he won back at Cage Warriors 66 in March 2014. Should he win, the potential of a return to the UFC for the Dane could very will be on the cards.
Jack Grant (15-4) vs Jai Herbert (8-1)
Lightweight title fight
The vacant lightweight title in on the line tonight for Jack Grant and Jai Herbert after Søren Bak vacated the title when he planned to move down to featherweight. Currently on a six-fight win streak, which dates back to a win at Almighty Fighting Championship 4 in April 2017, Jack Grant has taken Cage Warriors by storm since his first-round win over Perry Goodwin at Cage Warriors 88 in Liverpool. A fourth consecutive Cage Warriors win tonight will only increase the stock in Grant and like many before him, it would be no surprise if we see him in the UFC in the not so distant future.
Standing in his way though is Team Renegade’s Jai Herbert, who himself is on a three-fight win streak in Cage Warriors. With just the one defeat to his name against Rhys Mckee, Herbert comes into tonight’s title fight with back to first round KO/TKO victories.
With six of his eight professional wins coming by way of KO/TKO, Herbert has the tools to take the title tonight in what could very well be an explosive encounter in the lightweight division.
Dean Trueman (10-4) vs Mads Burnell (11-3)
Featherweight title fight
If you’re not excited about this matchup then I’m afraid there’s no helping you. This one, like the main event, screams fight of the night.
Finally making his first defence of the featherweight title after his scheduled encounter with Søren Bak was cancelled initially due to an injury but more annoyingly, followed by the Dane returning to the lightweight division, Trueman will be more than ready for another Dane in the shape of former UFC fighter, Mads Burnell.
After claiming the featherweight title with an impressive third-round victory over Aiden Lee at Cage Warriors 100, the Hardy-Wallhead man will be backed by an army of fans as he descends on the capital to continue his featherweight legacy.
In Mads Burnell though, Trueman faces his toughest fight to date, as you would expect a champion to do. Submission specialist Burnell will pose a very real threat if and when this one goes to the ground. Although Trueman has a calm and composed nature about him on the ground, as demonstrated in his fight with Aiden Lee, Mads Burnell throws up a whole different set of dangers and scenarios. With no less than seven of his eleven victories coming by way of submission, the 1st degree BJJ black belt has amassed an interesting array of finishes including three Japanese necktie submissions.
If this one goes to the ground, we could well see a very interesting encounter play out before our eyes. Equally, it could be over in the blink of an eye.
James Webb (6-1) vs Nathias Frederick (7-2)
Middleweight title fight
Another man making his first title defence tonight will be James Webb as he takes on Nathias Frederick for the middleweight title.
After a third-round arm triangle choke victory over Thomas Robertsen at Cage Warriors 102 in March this year, Webb didn’t have long to wait for his first defence to be announced against UTC Birmingham’s Nathias Frederick. With five of his professional fights having already take place on Cage Warriors card, Webb is a familiar face within Cage Warriors circles. However, the same can’t be said of his opponent tonight.
Making his Cage Warriors debut, Nathias Frederick has previously fought on a BAMMA card back in May 2017 with the rest of his professional fights coming on established regional shows such as Caged Steel, Full Contact Contender and Golden Ticket Fight Promotions. Ironically enough, Frederick’s professional debut was a loss to the man who James Webb beat for the middleweight title in his last fight, Thomas Robertsen.
Sam Creasey (11-2) vs Samir Faiddine (10-5)
Flyweight title fight
The second of three vacant title fights on the line sees former title contender Sam Creasey take on Samir Faiddine for the flyweight belt. The title became vacant when former champion Nathan Greyson was stripped of the belt after failing to make weight for his first defence at Cage Warriors 99.
Sam Creasey, who lost to Greyson for the flyweight title, will be looking to redeem himself with another big performance tonight. Since losing to Greyson, Creasey has bounced back with two victories that have once again put him in line for the title.
Having previously been matched at Cage Warriors 80 in February 2017, Sam Creasey and Samir Faiddine will finally meet in the ring tonight. The Frenchman will be making his Cage Warriors debut tonight and comes into his showdown with Creasey on the back of a unanimous decision victor over Adrianos Stokas at Cage Survivor 13 in Greece earlier this year.
Marthin Hamlet (5-0) vs Modestas Bukauskas (8-2)
Light heavyweight title fight
Vacated after Karl Moore left for Bellator last year, the Cage Warriors light heavyweight division will have a new champion tonight when Norwegian Marthin Hamlet takes on Lituanian Modestas Bukauskas.
Having fought previously on under the Cage Warriors Academy Denmark bracket, Marthin Hamlet now has the small matter of the Cage Warriors light heavyweight title on his mind in only his sixth professional fight. As a former European and World medallist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Hamlet could very well find himself as the third name on a list that includes Michael Bisping and Karl Moore, should he steal the show and take the light heavyweight crown tonight.
Facing the Norwegian in the main prelim of the night will be Modestat Bukauskas. Since losing his Cage Warriors debut to John Redmond in July 2016, Bukauskas has gone on a four-fight win streak that includes three first-round finishes to his name.
Ross Houston vs Nicolas Dalby – welterweight title fight – 10pm
Jack Grant vs Jai Herbert – lightweight title fight – 9.25pm
Dean Trueman vs Mads Burnell – featherweight title fight – 8.50pm
James Webb vs Nathias Frederick – middleweight title fight – 8.15pm
Sam Creasey vs Samir Faiddine – flyweight title fight – 7.40pm
Marthin Hamlet vs Modestas Bukauskas – light heavyweight title fight – 6.15pm
Alex Lohoré vs Aaron Khalid – welterweight – 5.55pm
Darren O’Gorman vs Adam Aramasinghe – flyweight – 5.35pm
Jason Radcliffe vs Håkon Foss – middleweight – 5.15pm
Michael Younis vs Thomas Robertsen – middleweight – 4.55pm
Morgan Charriere vs Lewis Monarch – featherweight – 4.35pm
James Hendin vs Kingsley Crawford – featherweight 4.15pm
Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions is being screened live and exclusive on UFC Fight Pass.