With both Bellator and Cage Warriors putting on big shows in London at the weekend, it is clear to see how both have developed the MMA talent in Europe.
With Bellator committing to it’s European Series and Cage Warriors continuing to lead the way for European MMA, it is easy to compare both, especially when both have cards taking place on the same weekend.
With the UFC announcing it’s return to London in March but not having a card on at the weekend, the spotlight was on CW and Bellator but what stood out was the way they book their fighters.
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Soren Bak vs Terry Brazier is a great match-up on paper but the fight was disappointing. Bak played to his strengths and won a decision by nullifying Brazier who shouted abuse at Bak and called him boring.
Edwards vs Shipman had all the makings of a great fight but didn’t deliver. The tension going in didn’t translate as both showed a lack of urgency with it ending in a split decision win for Edwards who gains little momentum as Shipman came into the fight off of his first loss.
Michael “Venom” Page is incredible to watch. He’s a star and for good reason, the issue has always been the opponents he is matched up against. A late notice opponent who he knocks out in the first round does nothing apart from giving Page another highlight reel moment.
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Even with the promotions’s biggest star in Paddy Pimblett falling off the card the day before the event, Cage Warriors brought a huge card to London.
They stacked it with top contender fights and three world title bouts, showcasing the best of Europe in engaging match-ups. There are many comparisons between the two cards but the key difference is the matchmaking.
Looking at the main event of Cage Warriors, James Webb the middleweight champion put his belt on the line against Birmingham’s Nathias Frederick.
The two met for the second time after their highly controversial first fight went to a draw. This fight played out similarly to the first with Webb controlling the grappling however this time round, when Frederick hurt Webb on the feet, he made sure to finish him.
Cage Warriors may not have the scale of Bellator but they use the talent they have far more efficiently than Bellator does. After the first fight, running Webb vs Frederick back in the main event of the London card worked brilliantly for Cage Warriors. Bellator however had the makings of a great event but never really put the pieces together correctly.