One note concerning an MMA cancellation in relation to the coronavirus:
Monday, it was announced that Alaska Fighting Championships has moved to push back the scheduled AFC 159 and AFC 160 in April and May.
Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz has put an eight-week moratorium in place during which public places are being asked to close down and citizens are being asked to practice social distancing.
No further AFC events are currently scheduled.
Onward to today’s topic:
In this trying time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, live sporting events are coming at a premium.
As late as last week, the sport of mixed martial arts was still largely unaffected by the pandemic, but this changed dramatically on Monday when UFC President Dana White announced the postponement of the Mar. 21, 28, and Apr. 11 UFC Fight Night shows due to the public health crisis.
With the cancellations, the UFC also has shut down its headquarters in Las Vegas.
In light of these cancellations, coupled with the previous such actions made by Combate Americas and Legacy Fighting Alliance, we at Armchair are making a first by previewing an international MMA promotion’s event.
As of now, English MMA promotion Cage Warriors is soldiering on with this Friday’s Cage Warriors 113, but with a change in venue.
Cage Warriors 113 (main card Friday at 4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT following prelims at 1:30 p.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. PDT on UFC Fight Pass) was initially scheduled to take place in London at the Indigo at the O2 Arena—but on Monday, the promotion announced it would now hold the card in Manchester at the BFC Arena.
BFC Arena, which hosted Cage Warriors 112 two weeks ago, will be closed to the general population for this event.
The only game in town for MMA this week will feature an 11-fight card and a championship main event to close the show.
In your main event, Mason Jones (8-0) will take on Joe McColgan (8-2-1) for the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship in a five-round fight.
Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship: Mason Jones vs. Joe McColgan:
Heading into the title fight, Joe McColgan is the taller fighter at six feet even, two inches taller than Mason Jones’ 5-foot-10 frame.
How they got here:
Mason Jones has yet to lose in his professional career, most recently scoring a unanimous decision victory vs. Aleksi Mantykivi in Cage Warriors 108 on Oct. 12, 2019.
In the other corner, Joe McColgan has posted a record of 3-1-1 in his last five fights, having gone unbeaten in his last three contests.
Most recently, he stopped Robbie Scott (first-round submission- D’arce choke) during Cage Warriors 110 on Nov. 9, 2019.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Mason Jones has a 72-inch reach, with no such information for Joe McColgan heading into this fight.
Prediction: Mason Jones by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Friday’s main card:
Paddy Pimblett (14-3) vs. Decky Dalton (11-4) [Lightweight]
Nathan Jones (13-9) vs. David Bear (8-1) [Welterweight]
John Phillips (22-9) vs. Dusko Todorovic (9-0) [Middleweight, initially booked for canceled UFC on ESPN+ 29 on Mar. 21]
Darren Stewart (11-4) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (14-3) [Middleweight]
Cage Warriors 113 at a Glance: [Friday]
Prelims: 1:30 p.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
Main Card: 4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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