Concussion removes hometown hero Paddy Pimblett from Cage Warriors 88 card in Liverpool - TheMacLife

Concussion removes hometown hero Paddy Pimblett from Cage Warriors 88 card in Liverpool

The hugely popular UK fighter has been forced to withdraw from his hometown event.

By John Balfe - 4 Oct 2017

The return of Cage Warriors to Liverpool, England, has suffered a blow after it was announced today that Paddy Pimblett (13-2) has been forced to withdraw from his CW 88 clash with Vladko Sikic (10-0-1) on Oct. 28th after suffering a concussion in training.

Pimblett is the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion (note: one of two titles that Conor McGregor held while a member of the CW roster) and arguably the most popular UK-based fighter not currently signed to the UFC.

‘The Baddy’, as he is known, snapped a nine-fight win streak when he lost his featherweight strap to Nad Narimani in April and had targeted the bout with the undefeated Sikic as a manner of re-establishing his title credentials.

However, the official Cage Warriors Twitter account posted the following on Wednesday afternoon.

This comes as blow to Pimblett and Cage Warriors but also to the legions of mixed martial arts fans in Liverpool, to whom the 22-year-old fighter has become an incredibly popular figure. The bout was scheduled to be contested in the Echo Arena in Liverpool, with a large percentage of the 10,000+ capacity tickets likely to have been sold due to Pimblett’s participation on the card.

Fellow Liverpool fighter Chris Fishgold (16-1-1), who holds the promotion’s 155-pound title, will main event the card opposite Alexander Jacobson (8-1).

Cage Warriors 88 takes place on Oct. 28th and will also feature UK MMA veteran Lee Chadwick (23-13-1) taking on the 11-2 Victor Cheng. Martin Stapleton (19-5) will take on Soren Bak (8-1) in a featured bout on the main card.

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