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Cage Warriors 101: Aspinall vs Boukichou preview

Cage Warriors 101 Main Event
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Cage Warriors returns to Liverpool this Saturday night at the Exhibition Centre. Currently the city is ripe with mixed martial arts talent, with fighters such as Darren Till, Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold competing in the UFC.

Who is Tom Aspinall?

Tom Aspinall, current training partner of Darren Till at Team Kaobon, looks to follow in his teammate’s footsteps with a win over Sofiane Boukichou.

Tom is currently 5-2 in his professional MMA career. Speaking recently with Cage Warriors Darren Till described Tom as “the Muhammad Ali of his era”. That’s a big statement to make from Darren who isn’t one to mince his words. This is further supported as he was a former sparring partner of Tyson Fury’s. Rather you than me Tom!

Mike Grundy, who is set to make his UFC debut in March is also a member of Team Kaobon in Liverpool. Mike has previously praised Aspinall’s striking speed, mirroring Till’s recent comments. This explains the resemblance to Ali and as we all know, speed kills!

So far in his career Tom has been a finishing machine, with 3 knockouts and 2 submissions. His record reflects his well rounded MMA game. Looking at Tom’s previous fights his striking is well polished and clean. Coupled with this Aspinall has won competitions in both gi and no gi grappling.

Who is Sofiane Boukichou?

From what we’ve seen Tom is dangerous wherever the fight goes. But how does he match up against the Frenchman Sofiane Boukichou? Little footage is available on Boukichou. However, accordingly to a article posted by Cage Warriors he has a well rounded game. His two previous fights in Cage Warriors ended in a submission and a knockout.

What’s interesting is that Sofiane’s age is hard to find and according to Sherdog, he is currently 6-2 in his MMA career. However, his record on Sherdog doesn’t show two fights in Cage Warriors.

Overall, what can I expect?

Regardless of the unknown elements, Saturday’s main event points to an exciting finish! The fight is Tom’s to lose. He is in his home country in the main event of Cage Warriors, a promotion known to get the attention of the powers at be. Can Tom handle the pressure and secure a win? Heavyweight divisions across all promotions world-wide are shallow. So a win at the weekend will certainly garner the young prospect some attention.

Where can I watch Cage Warriors 101?

The professional preliminary fights will be live and free on Facebook from 7pm on Saturday 16th February. The main card with be live on UFC Fight Pass at 9pm in the UK. Cage Warriors 101 will be broadcast on various channels internationally so check your local listings by clicking here.

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