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- FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: PAUL DALEY HEADS CAGE WARRIORS

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by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
With rival promotion Cage Rage reportedly looking to step down into smaller venues and scaling back on it’s roster of international talent, Cage Warriors has an opportunity to step in and become the dominant home grown promotion in the U.K.

The promotion goes head-to-head with Cage Rage this weekend, as Cage Warriors on Saturday night presents Enter the Roughhouse 7 with a main event featuring former Cage Rage champion Paul “Semtex” Daley.

MMAWeekly.com’s Lee Whitehead breaks down the card…

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley vs. Bojan ‘Zelva’ Kosednar

It’s interesting to find Paul “Semtex” Daley back on the U.K. shores, and even more surprising to find him outside of Cage Rage. This is the fourth time that Daley has been scheduled to fight in his hometown of Nottingham. For one reason or another it has never materialized, but this time, he is here and ready for war, something that his opponent Bojan Kosednar is looking for.

Coming off of an impressive win over Fabricio Nascimiento at the K-1: World Max tournament in Italy, Kosednar is looking to continue his undefeated streak. A win over Daley would be considered a major upset and garner a lot of attention from international eyes.

So what can we expect in this encounter? Daley will be vicious with the strikes, combining brutal kicks with his trademark hook. If they get into a clinch, Kosednar should expect to be hit with sharp elbows. Similarly, I would expect Kosednar to be very aware of the knockout power Daley possesses and try to implement a game plan that keeps him out of danger; in other words he needs to take the fight to the mat. Getting Daley on the ground will be difficult and keeping him there will be even harder.

Matt ’12 Gauge’ Thorpe vs. Simeon Thoresen

Expect fireworks as the undefeated Simeon Thoresen jets in from Norway to take on Matt Thorpe. If Thoresen is successful, he’ll potentially move on to big things internationally. Make no mistake, Thorpe is not a stepping-stone for anyone. He has flirted internationally with Bodog, but needs to really make an impression if he is to step up to the next level.

Thoresen is a quality fighter, his striking is crisp and his ground game is a major asset. His best chance for victory would be to avoid the penetrating reach of his opponent and to close the distance without taking damage. Unsurprisingly, Thorpe should fare best on the outside sticking and moving. Strategy will dictate the winner in this bout.

Andre Winner vs. Abdul Mohammed

Instead of falling back into despair following his loss and subsequent stripping of the Cage Rage lightweight championship belt, Abdul Mohammed dusted himself off and aligned himself with one of the best camps in the U.K., the Wolfslair. He is scheduled to face a tough dynamic fighter on the rise in Andre Winner. Mohammed has a suffocating wrestling game and has proven himself to have knockout power following his devastating knockout over Ross Pointon. However, styles make fights and he will be hindered by a lack of reach against the Rough House standout.

Winner is one of those fighters that will rise to the occasion. If his opponent wants to fight at a slow pace, Winner will oblige; but if they try and light a fire under him, he responds with venom, as proven in his battle with AJ Wenn. The key to this match-up will be Winner’s ability to stay off of his back and avoid a repeat of the Bendy Casimir bout.

Paul ‘Metabolic’ McVeigh vs. Steve McCombe

Paul McVeigh returns to Cage Warriors following a disappointing outing at Cage Force 6 in Japan where he suffered a TKO loss at the hands of Masahiro Oishi in the second round. He returns to defend his bantamweight championship against Steve McCombe, a tough fighter with a 9-6-1 record. Interestingly, both fighters are coming off loses, but there is more at stake for McVeigh with his strap on the line. The champion is strong at this weight class and capable of fighting at any level. This makes the task doubly hard for McCombe, but I am sure he will be prepared and gunning for his chance of glory. It should be an excellent fight.

Jim Wallhead vs. Fabricio Nascimento

“Judo” Jimmy Wallhead takes on Brazilian import welterweight and highly regarded submission fighter Fabricio Nascimento in what will be a really tough test for the British fighter. Coming off a solid win over Tom Haddock, Wallhead displayed his ever improving boxing skills, keeping the fight standing and using excellent head movement to avoid punishment. In this fight, he essentially has to follow the same game plan and not put himself in a position where he can fall to Nascimento’s strengths. If he is taken down, Wallhead needs be defensive and get back up, or tie up for the restart; then pick his shots and go for the TKO.

Obviously, Nascimento will be mindful of strategies and I wouldn’t expect him to want to keep it standing for too long. Wallhead has yet to record a knockout win, which may indicate that he lacks overall knockout power. Nascimento is coming off back-to-back losses and I imagine he’ll need to get back on the winning track, and the best way to do that is to stick to his strengths and look for the submission.

Wayne Buck vs. Matteo Minonzio

Wayne Buck will be making his last appearance as a heavyweight against Matteo Minonzio before moving down to light heavyweight. Currently undefeated, Buck has made short work of his opponents to date without ever having passed the two minute mark in the cage. During this time he has shown a versatile game recording knockouts and submissions. His opponent is a natural 205-pound fighter and will give a strong indication come fight time as Buck is anticipated to come in at 98 kilograms.

Lee Livingstone vs. Wayne ‘Mayhem’ Murray

Equal records are at stake between Lee Livingstone and Wayne Murray as both fighters put their 4-1-0 credentials on the line in this welterweight encounter. Livingstone, the incumbent Rough House Jiu-Jitsu instructor, is proving to be an exciting regular at the promotion and always brings a rangy striking style with him, including vicious knees in the clinch. However, when pushed, his ground game comes to the forefront and that should suit Murray fine. A technical ground battle should follow after these two touch gloves.

The Rest of the Card

Total Dojo middleweight Cliff Hall squares up with Rocci Williams who will be looking to get back to winning ways. Heavyweights Chris Cooper and Tommy Rasmussen will be looking to shake the cage in their encounter. Pete McGurk returns looking to score another knockout over debutant John Philips who will surely have other plans and finally Eddie Podolski faces John Brotherhood.

Full Fight Card:
Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley vs. Bojan ‘Zelva’ Kosednar
Matt ’12 Gauge’ Thorpe vs. Simeon Thoresen
Andre Winner vs. Abdul Mohammed
Paul ‘Metabolic’ McVeigh vs. Steve McCombe
Jim Wallhead vs. Fabricio Nascimento
Wayne Buck vs. Matteo Minonzio
Lee Livingstone vs. Wayne ‘Mayhem’ Murray
Cliff Hall vs. Rocci Williams
Chris Cooper vs. Tommy Rasmussen
Kristoff Woodhouse vs. Lee Donald
Peter McGurk vs. John Philips
Eddie Podolski vs. John Brotherhood

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