Cage Warriors

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2001
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Parent Warrior Promotion

Cage Warriors Fighting Championship or CWFC is a mixed martial arts promotion, based in London, which is currently regarded as the biggest MMA organisation in Europe. Cage Warriors was established in 2001 and staged its first MMA event in London in July, 2002. Today it is scheduling events in various places like Chechnya, Baghdad and Beirut.

Many of the biggest stars in MMA have made their names under the Cage Warriors banner, including Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping. CWFC are one of the few top promotions to take their events abroad, travelling throughout countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.[1] CWFC staged 26 events across 12 different countries in 2012 and 2013.


Cage Warriors was originally founded by Dougie Truman back in 2002, the first event titled 'Armageddon', at which notable fighters like Jean Silva, Rosi Sexton, Matt Ewin and Paul Jenkins were victorious,[2] was staged on July 27 of that year.

Irishman Graham Boylan assumed control of Cage Warriors in 2010 and has successfully set about returning the promotion to the forefront of MMA in Europe, as well as expanding internationally with shows in Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Bahrain. Ian Dean is Cage Warriors' well-known matchmaker, while Paul Dollery is the promotion's Director of Media and Operations. The Cage Warriors head office is located in London.

On October 25, 2012, it was announced that, along with Ultimate Challenge MMA and BAMMA, Cage Warriors have united with The Centre of Health and Human Performance in London to launch SAFE MMA, a non-profit organization established to improve the safety of MMA fighters in the U.K. Chief among the organization's plans is a centralized and confidential database for fighter medical records. SAFE MMA, which officially launches Jan. 1 2013, also will provide affordable, standardized blood and medical tests for all registered fighters, as well as advice from leading world experts in sports medicine, according to today's announcement.[3][4]

Broadcast deals[edit]

All Cage Warriors events are streamed live worldwide on and, and televised live via:

Premier Sports | United Kingdom

Setanta Sports | Ireland

Fight Now TV | USA

Fight Network | Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola, Mozambique

Setanta Africa | Africa

FightKlub | Poland

Viasat Sport | Sweden[5]


Cage Warriors' rules are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[6] These rules have been adopted across the US in other states that regulate mixed martial arts. As a result, they have become the standard de facto set of rules for professional mixed martial arts across the US and for cage-based MMA worldwide.

All Cage Warriors fights are contested over three, five minute rounds, with the exception of five-round championship bouts. There is a one minute rest period in-between rounds. As per the Unified Rules of MMA, Cage Warriors only allows competitors to fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Fighters must use approved light gloves (4-6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab. The referee has the right to stop the fighters and stand them up if they reach a stalemate on the ground (where neither are in a dominant position nor working toward one) after a verbal warning.

Match outcome[edit]

Matches usually end via:

  • Submission: a fighter taps on the mat or his opponent three times (or more) or verbally submits.
  • Knockout: a fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knockout: stoppage of the fight by the referee if it is determined a fighter cannot "intelligently defend" himself or by ringside doctor due to injury.
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for one fighter),
    • split decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with the third for the other),
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with one for a draw),
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw),
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw).
    • split draw (the total points for each fighter is equal)

A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical draw, disqualification, forfeit or no contest.

Judging criteria[edit]

The ten-point must system is used for all Cage Warriors fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. The decision is announced at the end of the match but the judge's scorecards are not announced.


The following are considered fouls in Cage Warriors:

  1. Butting with the head.
  2. Eye gouging of any kind.
  3. Biting.
  4. Hair pulling.
  5. Fish hooking.
  6. Groin attacks of any kind.
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
  8. Small joint manipulation.
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  13. Grabbing the clavicle.
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver (professional wrestling))
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  21. Spitting at an opponent.
  22. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence.
  24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
  29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  30. Interference by the corner.
  31. Throwing in the towel during competition.

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.


Scheduled events[edit]

Past events[edit]

# Event Title Date Arena Location
85 Cage Warriors 74 November 15, 2014 Copper Box Arena London, England
84 Cage Warriors 73 November 1, 2014 Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, England
83 Cage Warriors: 72 September 13, 2014 Newport Centre Newport, Wales
82 Cage Warriors: 71 August 22, 2014 King Hussein Boxing Arena Amman, Jordan
81 Cage Warriors: 70 August 16, 2014 The Helix Dublin, Ireland
80 Cage Warriors: 69 June 7, 2014 The Forum London, England
79 Cage Warriors: 68 May 3, 2014 Echo Arena Liverpool, England
78 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 11 April 18, 2014 King Hussein Youth City Amman, Jordan
77 Cage Warriors: 67 April 12, 2014 The LC Swansea, Wales
76 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 10 March 28, 2014 The New Boxing Arena Amman, Jordan
75 Cage Warriors: 66 March 22, 2014 Ballerup Super Arena Ballerup, Denmark
74 Cage Warriors: 65 March 1, 2014 Dublin, Ireland
73 Cage Warriors: 64 February 15, 2014 London, England
72 Cage Warriors: 63 December 31, 2013 Dublin, Ireland
71 Cage Warriors: 61 December 14, 2013 Amman, Jordan
70 Cage Warriors: 62 December 7, 2013 Newcastle, England
69 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 9 October 25, 2013 Amman, Jordan
68 Cage Warriors: 60 October 5, 2013 London, England
67 Cage Warriors: 59 September 14, 2013 Cardiff, Wales
66 Cage Warriors: 58 August 24, 2013 Grozny, Chechnya
65 Cage Warriors: 57 July 20, 2013 Liverpool, England
64 Cage Warriors: 56 July 6, 2013 London, England
63 Cage Warriors: 55 June 1, 2013 Dublin, Ireland
62 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 8 May 11, 2013 Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
61 Cage Warriors: 54 May 4, 2013 Cardiff, Wales
60 Cage Warriors: 53 April 13, 2013 Glasgow, Scotland
59 Cage Warriors: 52 March 9, 2013 London, England
58 Cage Warriors: 51 December 31, 2012 Dublin, Ireland
57 Cage Warriors: 50 December 8, 2012 Glasgow, Scotland
56 Cage Warriors: 49 October 27, 2012 Cardiff, Wales
55 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 7 September 1, 2012 Amman, Jordan
54 Cage Warriors: 48 July 21, 2012 London, England
53 Cage Warriors: 47 June 2, 2012 Dublin, Ireland
52 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 6 May 24, 2012 Isa Town, Bahrain
51 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 5 April 12, 2012 Amman, Jordan
50 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 4 March 16, 2012 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
49 Cage Warriors: 46 February 23, 2012 Kiev, Ukraine
48 Cage Warriors: 45 February 18, 2012 London, England
47 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 3 February 11, 2012 Beirut, Lebanon
46 Cage Warriors: 44 October 1, 2011 London, England
45 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 2 September 8, 2011 Amman, Jordan
44 Cage Warriors: 43 July 9, 2011 London, England
43 Cage Warriors: 42 May 28, 2011 Cork, Ireland
42 Cage Warriors: Fight Night 1 June 16, 2011 Amman, Jordan
41 Cage Warriors: 41 April 24, 2011 London, England
40 Cage Warriors: 40 February 26, 2011 London, England
39 Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising November 27, 2010 Cork, Ireland
38 Cage Warriors 38: Young Guns October 1, 2010 London, England
37 Cage Warriors 37: Right to Fight May 22, 2010 Birmingham, England
36 Cage Warriors 36: USA Destruction January 30, 2009 Orlando, United States
35 Cage Warriors: USA Unleashed August 23, 2008 Orlando, United States
34 Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 7 July 12, 2008 Nottingham, England
33 Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 6 April 19, 2008 Nottingham, England
32 Cage Warriors: USA Battle Royale March 29, 2008 Kissimmee, United States
31 Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 5 December 8, 2007 Nottingham, England
30 Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 4 October 14, 2007 Nottingham, England
29 Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 3 July 21, 2007 Nottingham, England
28 Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House 2 April 28, 2007 Nottingham, England
27 CWFC: Enter The Rough House December 9, 2006 Nottingham, England
26 CWFC: Showdown 2 November 19, 2006 Sheffield, England
25 CWFC: Showdown September 16, 2006 Sheffield, England
24 CWFC: Strike Force 6 May 27, 2006 Coventry, England
23 CWFC: Quest 6 April 8, 2006 Sheffield, England
22 CWFC: Strike Force 5 March 25, 2006 Coventry, England
21 CWFC: Enter the Wolfslair March 5, 2006 Liverpool, England
20 CWFC: Quest 5 February 19, 2006 Sheffield, England
19 CWFC: Quest 4 December 11, 2005 Sheffield, England
18 CWFC: Strike Force 4 November 26, 2005 Coventry, England
17 CWFC: Strike Force 3 October 1, 2005 Coventry, England
16 CWFC: Quest 3 September 17, 2005 Sheffield, England
15 CWFC: Quest 2 July 29, 2005 Sheffield, England
14 CWFC: Strike Force 2 July 16, 2005 Coventry, England
13 CWFC: Strike Force May 21, 2005 Coventry, England
12 CWFC: Ultimate Force April 30, 2005 Sheffield, England
11 CWFC: Quest 1 April 8, 2005 Sheffield, England
10 Cage Warriors 9: Xtreme Xmas December 18, 2004 Sheffield, England
9 Cage Warriors 8: Brutal Force September 18, 2004 Sheffield, England
8 Cage Warriors 7: Showdown May 9, 2004 Barnsley, England
7 Cage Warriors 6: Elimination March 7, 2004 Barnsley, England
6 CWFC 5: Cage Warriors 5 November 2, 2003 South Shields, England
5 CWFC 4: UK vs. France July 27, 2003 Portsmouth, England
4 CWFC 3: Cage Warriors 3 March 16, 2003 Southampton, England
3 CWFC: Gangwarily December 8, 2002 Southampton, England
2 CWFC 2: Fists of Fury November 30, 2002 London, England
1 CWFC 1: Armageddon July 27, 2002 London, England


Division Weight limit Champion Next Fight / Opponent
Heavyweight 265 lbs vacant
Light Heavyweight 205 lbs vacant
Middleweight 185 lbs Norway Jack Hermansson (Jack Marshman) ?
Welterweight 170 lbs vacant
Lightweight 155 lbs vacant
Featherweight 145 lbs England Alex Enlund
Bantamweight 135 lbs Finland Toni Tauru (Dean Garnett) ?
Flyweight 125 lbs vacant
Women's Bantamweight 135 lbs Sweden Pannie Kianzad


  1. ^ Bower, Mick (2012-05-25). "MMA's Arab Spring: How Cage Warriors Are Taking Over The Middle East". Sabotage Times. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "CWFC 1 - Armageddon". 2002-07-27. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Cage Warriors, BAMMA and UCMMA unite for MMA SAFE fighter-safety initiative". 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  4. ^ "BAMMA, UCMMA, CWFC FORM MMA SAFE PROGRAM TO IMPROVE FIGHTER SAFETY IN U.K.". 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
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  6. ^ NSAC Regulations: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT. Nevada State Athletic Commission. Retrieved 4 October 2006

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