Cage Warriors 59 will hold a four-man tournament that will decide the promotion’s new CWFC bantamweight champion.
The vacant belt will be up for grabs as Cage Warriors returns to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in Wales, on Saturday, September 14.
The title, which was vacated by Irishman Paul McVeigh last year as he made a move to the flyweight division, will be contested by Welsh pair Brett Johns (7-0) and Martin McDonough (11-4), Englishman James Pennington (7-1) and Sweden’s David Haggstrom (7-1-1).
The prospective champion will need to win two fights in the same night to be crowned the new champ, with the semi-final pairings to be announced at a later date. Each semi-final bout will consist of two five-minute rounds and (if necessary) an extra ‘overtime round’ should a draw happen. The final bout will be five five-minute rounds, as per the norm for championship fights. The semi-finals will take place on the preliminary portion of the card, with the final serving as the card’s co-main event.
Brett Johns, the tournament’s youngest fighter at only 21 years of age is a judo black belt with record of 2-0 in Cage Warriors. His last fight was an impressive second round TKO against James MacAlister at Cage Warriors 54.
“It’s going to be a tough night as the tournament is filled with high-level opposition. But this chance is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait for it,” Johns said.
His fellow Welshman, Martin McDonough will be the tournament’s most experienced competitor, with a 3-0 record in Cage Warriors, with all of those wins taking the ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus.
“I’m really happy to be back fighting in Cardiff again because the atmosphere there is second to none,” McDonough said. “I’m also excited by the four-man tournament format as it will really test the endurance and mental strength of the fighters.”
The 26 year old James Pennington is coming off of an impressive victory over James Doolan at Cage Warriors 53 in back in April. Six of Pennington’s seven wins have come via submission, with five in the first round.
“I can’t wait for this tournament to come. It’s a huge opportunity for me,” James said. “I’ll show everyone that I’m the best bantamweight in the UK and I’ll do it in style too. Watch this space.”
The final competitor, 27 year old Swede David Haggstrom, is ranked sixth in Europe and coming off a TKO win over Artemij Sitenkov in December.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Wales for Cage Warriors, which is Europe’s best promotion,” said Haggstrom. “My aim is to fight the best fighters, win that belt and prove to everyone that I’m the best bantamweight in Europe.”