The 3Arena in Dublin will host a huge title unification battle as reigning Cage Warriors welterweight champion Rhys McKee takes on interim champion and UK MMA legend Jimmy Wallhead.

The pair will face off in the main event of Cage Warriors 153, which takes place Saturday night, April 29, with Dublin’s famed 3Arena set to generate another unforgettable atmosphere for Cage Warriors’ first event in the city after a six-year hiatus.

McKee captured welterweight gold with a thrilling win over Justin Burlinson at Cage Warriors 140 last June, while Wallhead won the interim title with a stunning one-punch knockout of Mateusz Figlak just 80 seconds into their bout at Cage Warriors 146 last November.

Now the pair are set to face off in a huge title unification bout, with a stacked lineup of bouts set to provide the perfect build-up to their championship tussle.

The night’s co-main event will feature two of Cage Warriors’ most exciting featherweights, as undefeated contender Ryan Shelley takes on hard-hitting Swede Tobias Harila, while former featherweight champion Morgan Charriere returns to action in a 150-pound catchweight bout as he faces off with Brazil’s Pedro Souza.

Welsh welterweight contender Oban Elliott steps into enemy territory to face James Sheehan in a pivotal clash for both men at 170 pounds, while the main card opens up with a lightweight bout featuring Ireland’s Decky McAleenan, who takes on Wasi Adeshina.

Cage Warriors 153 streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Cage Warriors 153: Fight card


  • Rhys McKee vs. Jimmy Wallhead – for unified welterweight title
  • Ryan Shelley vs. Tobias Harila
  • Morgan Charriere vs. Pedro Souza
  • James Sheehan vs. Oban Elliott
  • Decky McAleenan vs. Wasi Adeshina


  • Taka Mhandu vs. Benoit Blanc
  • Paddy McCorry vs. Angus Hewett
  • Adam Darby vs. Jack Tucker
  • Leon Hill vs. Marcin Zembala
  • Solomon Simon vs. Dorian Cliucinicov
  • Ryan Curtis vs. Nicolas Leblond
  • Adam Shelley vs. Muhammed Kir Ahmet
  • Alexander O’Sullivan vs. Afrim Thaqi
  • Kyle McClurkin vs. Owain Williams