Cage Warriors announce the biggest fight in European MMA will take place on September 1st at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, when Paddy ‘The Baddy’ returns home to face Søren ‘True Viking’ Bak to crown a new lightweight champion.
Almost exactly 2 years to the day since he won the featherweight title in front of a packed out Echo Arena, Paddy Pimblett, perhaps the biggest European MMA star outside of the UFC, will challenge for the lightweight belt. Standing in his way is Denmark’s Søren Bak, the toughest lightweight contender on the Cage Warriors roster, who earned his shot at gold after submitting Alexander Jacobsen in devastating fashion at CW93 – his 10th professional win against just 1 loss.
The fight has been billed as the biggest fight in European MMA, and comes just months after 8 ex-Cage Warriors fighters took to the Echo Arena for UFC Liverpool. The animosity between Pimblett and Bak has already begun, with both contenders calling each other out at Cage Warriors events earlier this year and taking to social media to continue the rivalry. This is fast becoming the most talked-about fight on the European scene, and will see an army of fans from both Liverpool and Bak’s native town of Copenhagen, Denmark descend on the Echo Arena for Cage Warriors’ biggest event yet.
“The atmosphere when Pimblett has the headline spot at the Echo is insane and he looks the best we’ve ever seen him, but Bak has looked unstoppable recently,” says Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan. “This has the potential to be one of our craziest fights on record. What a way to build on what’s already the biggest year of MMA in Liverpool’s history.”
The Cage Warriors lightweight title has previously been held by world superstar Conor McGregor and 8-fight UFC veteran Stevie Ray. Cage Warriors’ most recent lightweight champion, Pimblett’s teammate Chris Fishgold, recently signed with the UFC leaving the belt up for grabs to the strongest contenders in Europe. On September 1st, they will meet at the Echo Arena!
Pimblett had this to say after Bak’s taunts last week: “Now I know I’m finally fighting Søren it’s even better. He’s going to feel it when he walks out come September first. I told you pal, you’re getting slapped up even more for the cheek. Hope you’re ready to get your head jabbed off, because I’m going viking hunting.”
‘The Baddy’ is known for his spectacular fight style, and pulled off a highlight-reel flying triangle submission at CW90 in February – his 10th finish since his pro debut in 2012. Bak, who watched the fight from Denmark, confessed he was less than impressed with Pimblett’s performance, and that “he’s going to get smashed if he tries that against me.” Whatever happens on September 1st, it’s guaranteed to be an incredible spectacle for fight fans in Liverpool and across Europe, and perhaps the biggest fight ever staged by Cage Warriors since the promotion began.
Tickets for CW96 at the Echo Arena are on sale HERE, with 20% early bird savings ending in less than a week.
CW96 Fight Card
Paddy Pimblett vs Søren Bak (Lightweight Title Fight)
Lee Chadwick vs TBC (Middleweight Title Fight)
Many more to be announced!