The rapidly rising Cage Warriors promotion returns this weekend with a talent-laden card live from Liverpool, England. The card streams live on the MMA Junkie website and boasts some top European talent, including such notable names as Paul Daley, Ronnie Mann and Mats Nilsson.

Cage Warriors has long been guilty of putting on exciting cards that can fill the void of any boring Saturday afternoon. The promotion regularly has high-ranked prospects from all over Europe compete on its cards, showing off future big-show staples.

Here is a look at the main card for this Saturday’s Cage Warriors 57.

WW: Paul Daley (32-12-2) vs. Lukasz Chlewicki (10-2-1)

The main attraction for Cage Warriors comes in the form of UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley, who is on loan from Bellator. He will meet Poland’s Lukasz Chlewicki, a heavy underdog looking to play spoiler in this affair.

We all know about Daley’s bread and butter. He is a power striker that relies on flash, swagger and the explosiveness of his punches to devastate opponents. Since his release from Strikeforce, Daley has gone 3-0 with all of his fights ending in knockouts. He finished Rudy Bears, Patrick Vallee and Rodrigo Ribeiro in that time. Of course, those wins don’t overshadow UFC wins over guys like Martin Kampmann, who is considered a top-10 welterweight.

This is going to be an uphill battle for Chlewicki. He is most famous for tapping out to Demian Maia in 2005. He has attempted to stay somewhat busy on the regional scene, but he has not consistently faced guys the caliber of Daley. That being said, he does have half of his wins by knockout, which could make this match-up a fireworks show.

In the end, though, common sense must prevail. Daley fights world-class opposition and Chlewicki is the guy the fans want to see smashed by the home-country favorite. Daley will use athleticism, movement and stopping power to drill Chlewicki and earn a stoppage from strikes.

WW: Danny Roberts (8-1) vs. Mauro Chimento Jr. (15-10)

In the co-main feature, we see another welterweight showdown where England’s Danny Roberts takes on Brazilian Mauro Chimento Jr. This will be a match-up between a striker in Roberts and a grappler in Chimento.

Roberts is one of England’s best prospects in the 170-pound division. He is a Cage Warriors veteran and has defeated the likes of Jack Mason and Diego Gonzalez, both of whom are highly respected in the European circuit. His submission skills have progressed, but Roberts is known for his brutal knees that have put away guys like Gonzalez. In fact, all four of his wins by knockout have come at least in part by knees.

Chimento is far more experienced than Roberts and has faced some top-flight guys in the past. A list of his opponents includes UFC veterans Ben Alloway, Luis Ramos and Fabricio Camoes. He would be wise to stay away from a striking battle with Roberts and finding a way to plant Roberts on the mat and work his submission game.

Chimento’s experience is key, but Roberts is the real deal. He is dangerous in the clinch and from the inside, so expect him to stave off takedowns with payback strikes. He will eventually wear Chimento down and finish him with strikes late in the fight.

BW: Ronnie Mann (21-6-1) vs. Jose Luis Zapater (17-9)

Freshly bought out from his Bellator contract and looking for a fresh start to his career, Ronnie Mann storms the Cage Warriors promotion on his home soil against Spain’s Jose Luis Zapater, a veteran of the European circuit who possesses a good deal of experience.

Mann made his name in the Sengoku promotion in Japan before making his way to Bellator in the wake of Sengoku’s demise. He has lost three of his last four, but they have been against top-notch opponents. Mann has good knockout power, but it is his overlooked submission game that has earned him more than half of his wins.

Zapater may be the sacrificial goat here, but before counting him out, it must be noted that he is also dangerous on the mat. The Spaniard owns seven submissions of his own and has spent time in the cage with the likes of Sirwan Kakai, Artemij Sitenkov and Juha-Pekka Vainikainen.

Mann is simply more experienced against higher-level guys and is generally more skilled. They likely cancel each other out on the mat, so it will be Mann’s striking that will make the difference. Considering Zapater has lost five times by knockout, it should come as no surprise if Mann takes the KO win.

WW: Jack Mason (24-11) vs. Bruno Carvalho (15-6)

Cage Warriors staple Jack Mason continues to put in work for the promotion when he takes on fellow Cage Warriors veteran and Brazilian fighter Bruno Carvalho. This is likely to be one of the better fights on the card.

Mason finds himself on a four-fight surge, including Cage Warriors wins over internet sensation Collin Reuter, Matt Inman and Florent Betorangal. Mason is somewhat of a submission artist and likes to fight on the ground. With Carvalho, he will need to use a grinding style of clinch and top position to be successful.

Carvalho is quite well-rounded, but he is probably most recognized for being on the receiving end of a somersault-kick knockout at the hands of Marius Zaromskis. However, Carvalho is a finisher himself, having put away 11 of his 15 foes with strikes or tapout, including finishes of Steven Dinsdale and Kyacey Uscola. He is able to hang anywhere the fight goes, which makes this bout intriguing.

Mason is a tough guy, but is simply not as skilled all-around as Carvalho. He does have the favor of fighting on home soil, but Carvalho is used to fighting on the road. Carvalho should run a decision win and continue to fight for the promotion.

MW: Mats Nilsson (10-2-1) vs. Lee Chadwick (16-10-1)

Top Swedish middleweight Mats Nilsson makes his way back to the promotion this weekend when he meets England’s Lee Chadwick, an experienced fighter on a commendable winning streak. This will be a huge match, as Nilsson is close to a shot at the UFC, but Chadwick can play spoiler and continue his winning streak all in one swoop.

Chadwick doesn’t have the sexiest record, but it stands above the .500 mark and he has been impressive as of late. The jack of all trades, master of none from England owns impressive victories on his resume over the likes of Cathal Pendred, Valentino Petrescu and Denniston Sutherland. All of those fighters are respected in the European circuit, with Pendred reigning as the welterweight champion of Cage Warriors.

Chadwick would be wise to keep this fight on the feet since his adversary is a grappler. Nilsson is a very impressive fighter from the burgeoning market of Sweden. He owns wins over UFC veterans such as Magnus Cedenblad and Tom Speer, and has put on a competitive bout with UFC employee Tor Troeng. Nilsson is a nifty grappler with good skills on the ground, where he should focus his attack against Chadwick in this fight.

Nilsson is a great prospect and this is his chance to really prove his worth. Sure, he has wins over UFC vets, but Chadwick is on a roll and fighting on home turf. Nilsson may not get the finish, but he will be impressive nonetheless.

MW: Norman Paraisy (11-3-2) vs. Lee Barnes (12-10)

The main card will kick off in the middleweight division, where France’s Norman Paraisy crosses the English channel to meet British veteran Lee Barnes in a key 185-pound bout.

Paraisy is best known for his stint in Bellator and disastrous showing on The Ultimate Fighter 11. Paraisy is a striker by trade, but certainly has some submission ability. He did not look especially impressive in his last outing against Chris Fields, so this will be a key bout for him.

Barnes is another guy with an interesting record, but on closer inspection, most of his wins have come in the later part of his career. He has never fought to win by decision, instead winning 10 times by tapout and two by knockout. His obvious choice of game plan in this fight would be to drag Paraisy down and work his submission grappling.

In the end, Barnes is just not on the same level as Paraisy. Paraisy has a lot of experience against better fighters and has solid takedown defense, as shown in his bout with Jack Mason. He will earn a decision to get back into the win column.

Preliminary Card
Chris Fishgold vs. Marcin Wrzocek
Matt Inman vs. Mohsen Bahari
Lewis Long vs. Saul Rogers
Steven Dinsdale vs. Dan Rushworth
Mark Connor vs. Bryan Creighton
Mick Gerrard vs. Leon Pierre
Mick Kay vs. Dean Reilly

Photo: Paul Daley (Brian Townsend/Sherdog)

About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.

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