Cage Warriors’ return to Newcastle has been bolstered by the addition of a third championship bout, with the promotion’s vacant light heavyweight title set to be contested at the Vertu Motors Arena.
Following former champion Modestas Bukauskas’ move back to the UFC, the 205-pound title is back up for grabs, and rival contenders Andy Clamp and Matty Byfield will go toe to toe for the vacant strap on a packed card of fights in the North East of England on November 25.
Clamp claimed a statement win on his last Cage Warriors appearance with a first-round submission finish of Dutch striker Ghassan Abdenabi at Cage Warriors 156 in Wales. That win took his career record to 12-2 and positioned him for a shot at the recently-vacated title.
He’ll take on Birmingham’s Byfield, a product of the Team Renegade gym that produced UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Bellator middleweight title challenger Fabian Edwards, as well as former Cage Warriors lightweight champion and current UFC lightweight Jai Herbert, and Cage Warriors middleweight title challenger Omiel Brown.
Byfield has picked up inside-the-distance wins in each of his last three outings, and is now ready to make the step from contender to champion as he takes on Clamp for the 205-pound crown in Newcastle.
The bout joins two other title fights on a loaded lineup for Newcastle, with Liam Gittins and Reece McEwan set to face off for the vacant bantamweight title, while middleweight champ Mick Stanton puts his title on the line against Dario Bellandi.
“It’s time to crown a new light heavyweight champion in Newcastle!” said Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan.
“Andy Clamp showed why he’s considered one of the top ground specialists at the weight in his last performance against Ghassan Abdenabi.”
“Team Renegade is on a roll, and Matty Byfield will want to keep up that momentum and bring home more gold to the Midlands.
“With three title fights, Chris Bungard vs. Perry Goodwin, Dylan Hazan vs. Stipe Brcic, the debut of Kennedy Freeman, and more to come, Cage Warriors 164 is shaping up to be one of the biggest Cage Warriors shows of all time!”
Cage Warriors 164 will stream live internationally on UFC Fight Pass.
Cage Warriors 164: Confirmed fights
- Liam Gittins vs. Reece McEwan – for vacant bantamweight title
- Mick Stanton vs. Dario Bellandi – for light heavyweight title
- Andy Clamp vs. Matty Byfield – for vacant light heavyweight title
- Perry Goodwin vs. Chris Bungard
- Kennedy Freeman vs. Annabruna Rados
- Jack Eglin vs. Enrico Di Gangi
- Aidan Stephen vs. Daan Duijs
- Bailey Gilbert vs. Orlando Prins
- Chris Douglass vs. Naglis Kaniskauskas
- Leon Armes vs. Anthony Laurent
- Michael Blair vs. Guido Possidente
- Joshua Abraham vs. Aaron Johnson
- Milad Ahady vs. Villa Mankinen
- Dylan Hazan vs. Stipe Brcic
- Yoga Prabowo vs. Yohan Salvador