- Despite UFC postponing events, European promotion Cage Warriors continues
- One contracted UFC fight will take place on the card
- See the betting preview for the main and co-main event and odds for the main card below
Cage Warriors has had a hectic time in order to keep this card intact. The event was scheduled for London, England but was forced to be moved to Manchester just days before the event. It also lost its main event but has since replaced it with a UFC fight.
In the main event, UFC middleweights collide as Darren Stewart battles Bartosz Fabinski. The two were set to fight on UFC London against different opponents but will now fight each other here in a UFC contracted fight. The card also sees a lightweight title fight as well as the return of fan-favorite Paddy Pimblett.
The event takes place on Friday, March 20 at 1:30 pm. EST on UFC Fight Pass. The table below shows odds for the entire main card, followed by best bets for the event.
Cage Warriors 113 Odds
All odds taken Mar. 18.
Can Stewart Extend His Winning Streak?
Darren Stewart (11-4) is riding a two-fight winning streak with decision wins over Deron Winn and Bevon Lewis. He’s currently 4-4-1 inside the Octagon with his other two wins over Charles Byrd and Eric Spicely. The Englishman was expected to take on Marvin Vettori at UFC London before the event was postponed. He also started his career out in Cage Warriors before being signed by the UFC.
Cage Warriors 113 has moved to Manchester.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 16, 2020
Bartosz Fabinski (14-3) is making his return to MMA after a year and a half away. He last fought in November of 2018 where he lost by submission to Michel Prazeres which was his first loss in the UFC. He is 3-1 with a notable win over Emil Weber Meek by decision. He was expected to fight Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC London.
This is a very cool fight given the fact that promotion was able to give both Stewart and Fabinski the chance to make their UFC purse despite the event being canceled. It also should add some eyeballs to a very solid Cage Warrior card.
In this fight, given both were preparing for different opponents it should be interesting to see how they prepare. There is no question Darren Stewart has fought the better competition but he has also lost some fights he should have won as he has had a problem with his jiu-jitsu and submission defense.
I believe the fight will be a kickboxing match where Stewart is the better striker and should be able to piece up Fabinski here where Stewart will earn a decision win.
Pick: Darren Stewart (-230)
Stewart vs Fabinski
Who Will Claim The Vacant Lightweight Title?
Mason Jones (8-0) will be fighting for Cage Warrior gold after going 7-0 in the promotion and dominating all the way to the lightweight title shot. The Welsh fighter is coming off a very impressive win over Aleksi Mantykivi in October by decision in what was his biggest win to date.
Joe McColgan (6-2-1) returned to the win column last time out with a submission win over Robbie Scott in November. The Northern Ireland fighter has notable wins over Peter Queally, Sean Carter, and Richard Williams. His last loss came to current UFC fighter Jai Herbert.
As the odds suggest, this fight is made for Mason Jones to become a Cage Warrior champion and look good doing so. McColgan’s best path to victory is on the ground and sinking in a submission, yet Jones is as good if not better on the ground. On the feet, he is more powerful and the more technical striker.
This fight will not go the full five rounds as Jones will earn a TKO win sometime in the middle rounds to become the lightweight champ. He also could be UFC-bound if he does just that.
Pick: Mason Jones (-400)
Other Cage Warrior 113 Picks
- David Bear (-155): Jones often gets submitted while most of Bear’s wins are by submission. Look for him to get a takedown and win by submission early.
- Paddy Pimblett (-310): Pimblett is better everywhere but will have a major advantage on the ground. Either a submission or ground and pound TKO finish will happen here.