Cage Warriors 51: Daly v Kankaanpaa, James v Philpott
Nov 24, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- London, England (November 20, 2012) - THE card
for Cage Warriors 51 in Dublin on New Year’s Eve is beginning to
take shape with today’s addition of two exciting bouts to the
end-of-year extravaganza in the Irish capital.
Cage Warriors 51, which will take place at The Helix on Monday,
December 31, is set to be headlined by a highly-anticipated
featherweight title bout between Jim Alers and
defending champion Conor
That clash will be joined on the main card by a women’s 120lbs
catchweight bout, with McGregor’s SBGi team-mate Aisling Daly
returning to Cage Warriors action against CWFC debutant Katja
Daly (13-4), who’s currently eighth in the world in the women’s
flyweight rankings, will be fighting under the Cage Warriors banner
for the fifth time in her decorated career.
The 24-year-old Dubliner will be keen to secure a victory in front
of her hometown crowd after suffering a decision loss to Rosi Sexton at
June’s Cage Warriors 47 in Dublin.
Daly, who has also fought for the likes of Bellator and Invicta,
defeated fourth-ranked women’s flyweight Jessica Eye to
capture the NAAFS title last year.
Kankaanpaa (6-0-1) has yet to taste defeat since making her
professional debut in March 2010.
A native of Finland, Kankaanpaa’s last outing was against Simona
Soukupova in the main event at Botnia Punishment 12, which
ended in a draw.
Sixth in the women’s world strawweight rankings, Kankaanpaa will be
making her first appearance on a Cage Warriors card in Ireland next
Meanwhile, the meeting of James and Philpott on the Cage Warriors
51 prelims is a significant bout in the organisation’s bantamweight
Philpott (7-3) had a stunning victory over highly-ranked Welshman
at Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff last month.
The 21-year-old, who hails from Ballymena in Northern Ireland,
submitted Edwards in the first round despite taking the fight on
less than a week’s notice following the withdrawal of Mark Platts
due to injury.
That victory catapulted Philpott into 14th place in the UK’s
James (6-4), who’s 18th in the rankings, will be fighting on a Cage
Warriors event for the third time in 2012.
Hailing from Newcastle in England, the 28-year-old earned a Fight
of the Night bonus and an exclusive Cage Warriors contract
following his dramatic featherweight win over Jean N’Doye at CWFC
Fight Night 5 back in April.
James then dropped to 135lbs for his clash with French veteran
Pastor at September’s CWFC Fight Night 7 but suffered a
second-round submission defeat.
Tickets for Cage Warriors 51 will go on sale later this month, with
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