One of the biggest outlets for female talent in Europe will return with a familiar name in a new role.
Former Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan announced on the MMA Hour Monday he has acquired the company and is now the sole owner. Boylan had stepped down from his position in the company in February after a long five year tenure with the brand.
But to paraphrase a famous line, “Just when we thought he was out, they pull him back in.” Last week Boylan talked to the Cage Warriors’ management and after all was said and done, he now owns one of the top MMA promotions on the planet.
Cage Warriors has a long history of supporting the female divisions. Having groomed the career of the legendary Rosi Sexton, they had developed several women’s divisions in 2013. A who’s who of female European fighters have gone through their ranks including current UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk; former InvictaFC champion Katja Kankaanpää, TUF 20 vets Aisling Daly and Joanna Calderwood; and current CWFC bantamweight champ Pannie Kianzad, who will be fighting at InvictaFC July 9th.
Several of the CWFC talent has signed to Invicta during the Cage Warrior’s hiatus including the aforementioned Kianzad, Catherine Costigan (who is also fighting at InvictaFC 13), and Laura Howarth. It is not unheard of for them to make an appearance back at CWFC, as Invicta has let Calderwood fight for them in the past.
Matchmaker Ian Dean will continue his role in the company.
The possibility of re-brand is in the works, but Boylan stated it would “make sense” in the long run.
Boylan wants to have an October and December cards this year, but he has yet to sit down and lay out an exact plan for the promotion.
With the announcement, European fighters will have platform once again in what has become an incubator of future stars of the sport.