Draw Announced for Wide Open Cage Contender Tournament
Fight Network Staff / November 27, 2012 - 3:39pm
LIVERPOOL, England (November 27, 2012) - The withdrawal of UFC veteran Andre Winner due to a rib injury has left Saturday's £10,000 "Cage Contender Fight Stars" tournament at Liverpool Olympia, featuring eight of the top (155-pound) lightweights in Europe, wide open in terms of a legitimate favourite.
"Cage Contender Fight Stars" is presented as a joint venture by Ferguson Sports Group and Liverpool-based promoter Chris Zorba, in association with online retailer Fightshop.com.
Winner, who was tabbed the pre-tournament favorite, has been replaced by Jamie Rogers (6-4-0).
Eight fighters will battle in the creative £10,000 "Prizefighter"-like MMA tournament for one title in one night of action.
The four winners in the quarterfinals (2 X 5 rounds) will advance to the semi-finals (2 X 5 rounds) and the two survivors advance to the championship final (3 X 5 round).
The official draw was held and the competition format will be as follows:
MARTIN STAPLETON (9-1) England
JAIMIE ROGERS (6-4-0), England
ARNOLD "Pitbull" QUERO (6-1-0), France
MIHAIL KAZAKU (5-2-0), Italy
CHRIS STRINGER (11-9-1), No. Ireland
TOMMY "Z Gonz" MAGUIRE (11-6-0), England
UCHE IHIEKWE (5-2-0) England
PHIL FLYNN (7-7-0),England
Winners of Fight 1 & 2
Winners of Fight 3 & 4
Winners of Fight 5 & 6
(all fighters are subject to change)
Alexei Roberts takes on Stu Davies in the Reserve Fight, in which, the winner qualifies to compete in the tournament in case of an injury.
The show will be broadcast for in two parts on Ch 428 Premier Sports in the UK, on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 p.m.-11 p.mn, and Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 p.m-11 p.m. In addition it will be broadcast in a further 103 countries worldwide (including 54 in the French Language) as part of Cage Contender's current global broadcast footprint
Tickets, ranging between £30.00 and £60.00, are available to purchase by calling the box office at 0151 263 6633, or going on line to www.ticketline.co.uk. For more information visit www.cagecontender.com or wwwo.olympialiverpool.com, at Facebook.com/CageContenderOfficial, or follow on Twitter @CageContender. Corporate packages are also available.
Doors open at 6 p.m., first fight at 6:30 p.m.