Fight Network’s live broadcast of Cage Warriors FC: Fight Night 9 will be aired nationwide in Canada, as well as internationally as part of Fight Network’s expansion on ZON in Portugal, D-Smart in Turkey, and ZAP in Angola and Mozambique.
In the main event, former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Gael Grimaud takes on Brazilian standout Bruno Carvalho.
The co-headliner pits former UFC prospect Che Mills against top-ranked Frenchman Fayal Hucin in a middleweight bout.
In other featured bouts, British bantamweight sensation Ronnie Mann battles Marat Pekov, while longtime veteran Jack Mason collides with Vladimir Opanasenko.
Carvalho (15-6) will be aiming for his second successive CWFC win, having overcome Steve Dinsdale - who was a late replacement for the injured Mohsen Bahari - at Cage Warriors 52 in March.
That victory saw the 31-year-old BJJ black belt rebound from a narrow decision loss to current CWFC welterweight title-holder Cathal Pendred last October at Cage Warriors 49 in Cardiff.
A Brazilian currently based in Sweden, Carvalho holds victories over former KSW middleweight champion Vitor Nobrega, Dream veteran Tatsuya Mizuno, former Pride middleweight Jean-Francois Lenogue and The Ultimate Fighter 11 contestant Kyacey Uscola.
Grimaud (17-6) also returns to Cage Warriors action for the first time since last March’s CWFC 52, when he relinquished the welterweight title via a unanimous decision defeat to Cathal Pendred..
The 33-year-old Frenchman was victorious when Cage Warriors last visited Bahrain, submitting Jesse Taylor to retain the belt in the third round of the CWFC Fight Night 6 headliner in May of last year.
Grimaud, who has 13 stoppage wins - 11 by submission - on his record, was crowned CWFC welterweight champion in September 2011 thanks to a second-round TKO triumph against Arni Isaksson at CWFC Fight Night 2 in Jordan.
Mills (15-6-0-2) will be fighting at middleweight for the first time since falling short against CWFC welterweight champion Cathal Pendred at Cage Warriors 55 back in June.
Having later announced his intention to switch to the 185lbs division, Mills was then scheduled to face Valentino Petrescu last weekend at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff, but the bout was pulled after both fighters took ill.
A native of Gloucester in England, 30-year-old Mills signed exclusively for Cage Warriors earlier this year, following a four-fight stint with the UFC.
“I can’t wait to get back in the cage and entertain the fans,” Mills said. “My opponent is well-rounded and I expect an explosive match. I’m also looking forward to visiting Bahrain and I thank Cage Warriors for the opportunity.”
Hucin (9-3) will be keen to stake a claim for a shot at the vacant CWFC middleweight title as he goes in search of his fourth Cage Warriors win in five outings.
The 25-year-old missed out on a shot at the belt last year after a unanimous-decision loss to Victor Cheng in the semi-finals of Cage Warriors’ title tournament, which was Hucin’s only defeat in his last eight bouts. He booked his semi-final spot after a first-round KO of recent Bellator ‘Fight Master’ contestant Gareth Joseph.
The Frenchman returned to winning ways by overcoming John Michael Sheil last October, before most recently submitting former KSW champion Antoni Chmielewski at CWFC Fight Night 8 this past May.
The charismatic Parisian said: “I’m in great shape for this fight because I’ve been working hard. I’m looking forward to dancing in the sunshine and putting on a good show.”
The full fight card for Cage Warriors FC: Fight Night 9 live on Fight Network includes:
Main Card (Live on Fight Network, 2 p.m. ET):
-Bruno Carvalho vs. Gael Grimaud
-Che Mills vs. Faycal Hucin
-Ronnie Mann vs. Marat Pekov
-Jack Mason vs. Vladimir Opanasenko
-Mohamed Ali vs. Prince Aounallah
-Sergey Grechka vs. Jean N’Doye
Preliminary Card (Live on Facebook, 12:45 p.m. ET):
-Lee Caers vs. Piotr Ptasinski
-Fernando Gonzalez vs. Ryan Roddy
-Shajidul Haque vs. Paul Marin
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