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With the coronavirus outbreak affecting sporting competitions and events across the globe the MMA scene has been no different and Cage Warriors may need to adjust their London show if it is to continue as planned.
The UFC has recently decided to move their London event back to the United States. The UFC’s show is scheduled for 21st March, the day after the Cage Warriors London show which is scheduled for Friday 20th March.
However, unlike the UFC, the Cage Warriors show will remain in London and as of right now fans can still attend the event live. That being said, it is likely that the government will impose restrictions on mass gatherings during next week before the Cage Warriors show goes ahead.
Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan has taken to social media to confirm that the event is still going ahead and the fighters on the card have expressed their desire to still compete. Boylan also stated that if any restrictions on mass gatherings are imposed by the government then the event will go ahead behind closed doors.
So, the decision is that Cage Warriors will go ahead as planned unless there are any “compulsory” restrictions implemented by the government at which point it will become a closed doors event.
The Cage Warriors London event was initially set to be headlined by two title fights with Samir Faiddine defending his flyweight title against Luke Shanks and Morgan Charriere facing Darko Banovic in the main event for the interim featherweight title. Another title fight was also added to the show after Mason Jones and Joe McColgan both had their opponents withdraw from their bouts. The two have now been matched up against each other and Jones will take on McColgan for the vacant Cage Warriors lightweight title.