This Saturday night, the UK-based Cage Warriors promotion returns with Cage Warriors 74, live from the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park. The event will feature prelims on its official Facebook page, as well as two main cards, that will precede WSOF 15, Bellator 131, and UFC 180.

From top to bottom, every Cage Warriors lineup features something that fans must watch for, and this billing is no exception. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the MMA world should watch for at Cage Warriors 74

Another day, another (darn good) double main card

If there is one innovation that we can thank Cage Warriors for, it would be the concept of dual main cards. The idea stretches as far back as Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday, and after success in Cage Warriors 73 a few weeks ago, the promotion will bring the concept back this weekend, featuring two main cards, each headlined by some significant fight.

This Saturday’s card features something especially noteworthy, as each of the two main cards will be headlined by title fights. Pannie Kianzad and Eeva Siiskonen do battle for the inaugural women’s bantamweight title, while Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas Dalby faces Mohsen Bahari.

One door closed, another one opened

Irish welterweight Philip Mulpeter planned on seeing Tom Breese inside the cage this weekend, but unfortunately, Mulpeter suffered a cut above his left eye. The undefeated Breese, who essentially grew up under the BAMMA banner, now gets his Cage Warriors debut against Thibaud Larchet, who went 5-0 before losing a unanimous decision in April, but rebounded just five weeks later, and now gets the opportunity to show the world exactly what he is all about.

Finishing “first”

Kianzad and Siiskonen, the two women in the inaugural women’s bantamweight title bout on Saturday, represent two different stories. On one hand, the 22-year-old Kianzad represents Sweden and stands undefeated with wins over the likes of Annalisa Bucci and Milena Dudieva. On the other, Finland’s Siiskonen is a decade older, with wins in three of her past four pro bouts, including two knockout wins, and replaces Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, who also held a undefeated record (7-0) and looked to provide a challenge for Kianzad before bowing out to injury.

The title adds an extra incentive to win on its own, but then we take into account the fact that despite featuring women like Rosi Sexton and others, Cage Warriors has never had a women’s champion. Therefore, winning the title on Saturday means making some history as the first-ever women’s champion under the promotion’s banner, and it seems appropriate that the woman who prevails would represent Cage Warriors’ own “best in the world” at 135 pounds, arguably one of the most must-see divisions in the sport, let alone women’s MMA.

The main event

It goes without saying that in combat sports, the title fights are always held in high regard as the most must-see fight on any card, but Dalby vs. Bahari represents something much different than your average welterweight contest. Even though Dalby comes in undefeated and Bahari rides a three-fight winning streak, both men have shown that they can fight in just about any way possible.

If an opportunity arises for a knockout or a submission, both can deliver. If the bout calls for going the distance over a tough fighter who does not go down with ease, both men have no qualms about going there, especially if they can manage to leave no doubt about the outcome. Dalby holds the gold because the 29-year-old has put everything together so beautifully up until now, but don’t expect Oslo’s Bahari to go down without a fight.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.