CAGE WARRIORS, the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) company in Europe —which is owned by Cork man Graham Boylan — will return to this country on Saturday, November 9, to host an event at the Neptune Stadium in Cork.
The event will mark the first time that the promotion has landed in Boylan’s hometown since Cage Warriors 42 in May 2011.
That was a night where soon-to-be celebrated Irish charges Joseph Duffy, Cathal Pendred, and Chris Fields claimed victories.
Duffy was victorious that night, beating Conor McGregor in the first round of their contest.
Cage Warriors last held an event in Ireland in 2017 at Dublin’s 3 Arena.
In the main event, former champion Karl Moore claimed victory over Josh Clark.
Some of the most legendary nights in Irish MMA history have taken place at Cage Warriors events at The Helix.
At the Dublin venue, McGregor, Neil Seery, and Pendred all claimed promotional titles that would eventually see them catapulted to the UFC.
Ahead of the promotion’s return to Ireland, Boylan underlined his commitment to giving Irish fighters a platform to showcase their abilities.
“Our mission hasn’t changed,” says Boylan, who is president of Cage Warriors.
“We’re coming back to offer the top talent in Ireland a chance to shine and showcase their skills to the world,” he said.
“Wherever you are in Ireland, wherever you train, you can find a home at Cage Warriors.
“We’re open to working with everyone and want the guys that are hungry.
“If you’re willing to give everything, we provide the platform to get you to the top,” he added.
“We are committed to bringing a world-class event to Cork which will showcase the best Irish talent and the best professional fighters in Europe.”
The Neptune Stadium event will be broadcast live all over the world, said Boylan.