September 22, 2005

Cagewarriors Fighting Championships
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship/Warrior Promotions Official Statement Concerning Michael Bisping And Cage Rage.

A Statement from the Cagewarriors concerning the current situation involving Michael “The Count” Bisping from the “Wolfslair Academy” being stripped of his Cage Rage British Light-Heavyweight Title due to “management” issues.

Hampshire, England (23rd September 2005) — The Cagewarriors Fighting Championship is saddened to hear of the news that Michael Bisping (who fights out of the Cagewarriors Pro fight team “The Wolfslair Academy”) has been stripped of his Cage Rage British Light-Heavyweight Title by Cage Rage promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell.

Michael Bisping is widely regarded by most observers to be Britain’s number 1 Light-Heavyweight MMA fighter, due in part to his unbeaten 8-0 record and the way Bisping has dominated his previous opponents. Bisping won the Cage Rage Lightweight Title at Cage Rage 7 against the Londoner Mark Epstein and has defended the Title once at Cage Rage 9 in November 2004. Since then Bisping has also added the FX 3 Light-Heavyweight Title as well as the Cagewarriors Light-Heavyweight Title to his collection. Bisping has not backed away from any domestic match-up and was willing to defend his title when asked.

Michael “The Count” Bisping

Although Cage Rage has stated on their website that Bisping has been stripped of his title due to “management” issues, we feel this does not reflect the full story as Bisping was willing to defend his title but is being punished by Cage Rage due to his Wolfslair/Cagewarriors links.

We feel this was a very cold, callous and shallow act by Cage Rage, which has subsequently put the sport into disrepute and makes a mockery of those who believe that some UK MMA promotions can be relied upon to adequately self-regulate themselves. Cagewarriors also believes this move is a blow to those who try to present MMA as a legitimate and responsible sport, and we feel that this incident is further prove that a legitimate governing body is needed to prevent such miscarriages of justice happening in the future.

We are also saddened at the way Cage Rage announced this news, as they did not contact Bisping beforehand and the news was originally leaked by someone close to the Cage Rage management on a public forum. For the record Michael was only informed of this Title change via a telephone call from a member of the Cagewarriors team after it was announced on the Cage Rage website and Bisping was not contacted directly by Cage Rage at all.

Again we feel this was another classless act perpetuated by Cage Rage and we have subsequently heard from one of our sources that Cage Rage are contacted to no longer entertain fighters from the Wolfslair Academy on their show. This is a further slap in the face to both Michael Bisping and the rest of the Wolfslair team who are breeding some top quality UK based fighters.

To reiterate we at Cagewarriors are saddened and surprised by this move, however we will continue to support Michael Bisping and the rest of the Wolfslair team for as long as possible. We are very proud to be associated with them and we believe they will continue their march to the very top of the MMA ladder regardless of these recent revelations.

However Cagewarriors fans should not be disappointed as Michael Bisping will still be in action on the 1st of October at the Skydome Arena, Coventry, when he defends his coveted CWFC Light-Heavyweight Title against his toughest opponent yet in the form of Jakob “Striking Viking” Lovstad (8-2-0) in the main event of Cagewarriors Strike Force 3.

Bisping will hope to show yet again why he is the UK’s leading Light-heavyweight fighter and a worthy Champion when he takes on the tough Norwegian and continue his march to the top under the Cagewarriors banner on October 1st in Coventry.

For more information on this event go to www.cagewarriors.com

Press Release by the Cagewarriors Fighting Championship

The Cagewarriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) brand is one of the UK’s leading professional mixed martial arts events and was established in the summer of 2002, by the CWFC President Dougie Truman.

The CWFC has now expanded and now includes a series of branded events, which includes “Strike Force” which is promoted by Dougie Truman and his partners at the Coventry based Warrior Promotions group.

As well as running MMA events the CWFC also has its own website at http://www.cagewarriors.com which contains information about the CWFC, merchandise, ticket details, DVD’s and also boasts an in-depth UK and World MMA news website and forum.

For more information on the Cagewarriors Fighting Championships (or to report errors and omissions) please e-mail the CWFC News/Media Manager Ian Dean at iandean@cagewarriors.com