Sunday, 20 January 2013


Gael Grimaud will defend his CWFC welterweight title for the second time at Cage Warriors 52. The Frenchman will put the belt on the line when he takes on Cathal Pendred at London’s HMV Forum on Saturday, March 9, which will headline the organisation’s opening event of 2013.

Grimaud (17-5) has been at the summit of Cage Warriors’ welterweight division since September 2011 when he clinched the vacant title courtesy of a second-round TKO victory over Pendred’s SBG Ireland team-mate, Arni Isaksson, at CWFC Fight Night 2 in Jordan. Currently riding an eight-fight win streak, 33-year-old Grimaud made a successful first defence of the strap at CWFC Fight Night 6 in Bahrain back in May, submitting Jesse Taylor via third-round armbar.

 Pendred (11-2-1), who’s unbeaten in five Cage Warriors outings, catapulted himself into the top contender’s slot courtesy of two impressive decision wins last year. The 25-year-old Irishman overcame UFC veteran David Bielkheden at June’s Cage Warriors 47 in his hometown of Dublin, before edging out Bruno Carvalho in the main event at Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff in October. More Cage Warriors 52 bouts will be announced in the coming days. Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Tickets for Cage Warriors 52, which takes place at London’s HMV Forum on March 9.

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