Cage Warriors are heading to Rome for Cage Warrior 144, and they’re bringing a title fight to Italy with them.

The event will be headlined by a battle for the bantamweight title, as champion Dominique Wooding puts his 135-pound title on the line against Italian challenger Michele Martignoni, while former featherweight champion, France’s Morgan Charriere, is also set to return to action on the fight card.

The event marks the first time Cage Warriors has hosted an event on Italian soil, with the promotion’s president Graham Boylan saying that he’s looking forward to continuing the promotion’s growth through 2022 and beyond.

“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted that Italy will become the 15th country to play host to Cage Warriors when the doors open at Fiera Roma on October 7th,” he said.

“We have been absolutely inundated with messages from Italian fans in recent times, so it became very clear to us that there’s a huge appetite there for Cage Warriors.

“That increase in popularity has occurred in tandem with the significant progress being made by Italian fighters, who are now among the elite across several of our divisions.

“We’ve experienced some incredible atmospheres in the past in places like Liverpool, Dublin and Cardiff, but I have a feeling that the fans in Rome could surpass any of those. This is a show I cannot wait for.”

The event will follow the promotion’s latest US event in San Diego, with Cage Warriors 143 set to take place on Friday, September 23 at Humphreys By The Bay.