Excitement is building ahead of the long-awaited Belfast debut of world-renowned mixed martial arts show Cage Warriors.
The leading promotion in European MMA is bringing a talent-filled fight card to the SSE Arena on Saturday 25th June for Cage Warriors 140, which will be broadcast live to a global audience.
At the top of the bill is a bout for the vacant welterweight title, which will see Northern Ireland's Rhys McKee go to battle with skilled English opponent Justin Burlinson. After a couple of outings for the UFC in 2020, McKee has returned to Cage Warriors in a bid to prove that he possesses the calibre required to excel at the highest level.
“I have unfinished business with the Cage Warriors title and it will be nice to claim it on home soil,” said the man from Ballymena. “It’s a huge fight for a huge card. This is a night that’s not to be missed.”
From Conor McGregor to Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Michael Bisping to Paddy Pimblett, Cage Warriors has unearthed some of the sport's biggest stars across a decorated 20-year history. Its arrival in Belfast will shine a spotlight on some of the region's top up-and-coming fighters, with raucous support expected on the night for fighters from throughout Ireland, such as McKee, Caolan Loughran and James Sheehan.
Coming hot on the heels of the promotion's most recent event in San Diego, California earlier this month, Cage Warriors 140 promises to deliver a night of spectacular entertainment for fight fans.
"There is a major wave of MMA talent emerging in Ireland at the moment and this is a massive opportunity for them to show the world what they can do," said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.
"Covid-19 delayed our inaugural visit to Belfast, so this is a show that has been years in the making. The atmosphere is going to be incredible and the fans won't be disappointed by the quality of the fights – that's a guarantee."