Patience can be a virtue. We at The Phantom Knee held back on writing a preview for today’s Warrior Fight Series 5 show, going down at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Something told us not to pull the trigger until after the weigh-ins. We’re glad we did.
In an unprecedented display of MMA musical chairs, the original card for WFS 5 bears little or no resemblance to the (fingers crossed) one that’s taking place later today. Runny noses, weight cutting issues, and promotional shenanigans (not on the part of WFS) have all played their part in reshaping the running order for the fifth instalment of Warrior Fight Series.
Given that it’s the fifth time round for Harry Shoebridge and his team, here are five things to watch for at WFS 5. We’ve been told y’all love a list…
We’ve been banging this drum – so to speak – since viewing the demolition job Reece Jones put on at Rise of Champions in October. Jones decimated his opponent, Craig Arnold, from that start, utilising his reach advantage and picking him apart on the feet. Jones’ exceptional kicking game made his first round stoppage one of the highlights of the night, and placed him firmly on the radar of The Knee. Can he deliver again?
Dominic Wooding vs. Iurie Bejenari
There’s going to be a lot of eyes on Mr Dominic Wooding tonight, that’s’ for sure. We’re certainly not the first to say it: Wooding is one to watch (check out AddictedOTR’s WFS 5 preview). What we will add to the discussion is the quality of matchmaking on display here; his opponent Iurie Bejenari, is the IMMAF World Champion, making his pro debut. Want to get on a bandwagon way before it leaves town? Don’t miss this one.
Leeroy Barnes’ Twitter Takeover
He may no longer be competing on the card, but Leeroy Barnes will be in attendance at York Hall. Barnes will also be telling it how it is via the WFS Twitter account. Given his recent social media outbursts, you can expect some serious pelters.
A Perfect Mix of Amateur And Professional Action
Whether it was planned or an act of God, the card is evenly balanced with six amateur and six professional fights. You may not recognise all of the names on the amateur undercard (we’re not claiming to), but everybody starts at 0-0. The amateur scene is still something of a work in progress in the UK – much like the fighters themselves – but with more eyes on them, it can only grow. See the stars of tomorrow, today!
The “Ailing UK and European Scene”
Word is out that Cage Warriors are back. While fans and fighters alike may be happy to see CWFC return, how it will impact upon rival UK MMA promotions remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, UK MMA hasn’t been sat on its hands in their absence. Cage Warrior’s are promising to “boost the ailing UK and European scene” with their return to action, but has it really been ailing? Well, see for yourself.
Warrior Fight Series 5 takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday February 13. Tickets are still available HERE until 15:00.