On Wednesday, Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan announced that the promotion will return to Ireland for the first time since August of 2014 when it stages a show at Dublin’s 3Arena on March 4th, 2017.
Last week, during an interview with Paul Dollery of the42.ie, Boylan revealed that the organisation would look to “crown another Irish champion” if a comeback panned out as he hoped, and the Cork native reiterated this point when he made an official announcement on Twitter this evening.
— Graham Boylan 🇮🇪 ☘️ (@GrahamBoylan) November 30, 2016
Past Irish Cage Warriors champions include the likes of Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery and, most notably, Conor McGregor, who held both the featherweight and lightweight titles in the promotion before moving on to the UFC. A whole host of other Irish fighters have also competed for the company since it’s inception back in 2002.
The last time that Cage Warriors presented a show in Dublin, Joseph Duffy submitted Damien Lapilus in the 3rd round of the evening’s main event. That show took place at The Helix on the Dublin City University campus.
Just seven months and one fight later, Duffy debuted for the UFC.
After Boylan resigned as the promotion’s CEO in February of 2015, Cage Warriors 75, scheduled for the following month, was cancelled and the promotion disappeared from the MMA landscape. In June of that year, Boylan procured the brand but he didn’t run another show until April of 2016. However, by this time he had also struck a partnership with the UFC which meant that all Cage Warriors shows would be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
The promotion has staged a further five shows in the seven and a half months since it’s return.
As of yet, no fights have been announced for the March showcase in Dublin, but we expect a stacked card.
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