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Cage Warriors was conceived in 2001 and brought into life as an events promoter of MMA in 2002.

The sport of MMA, Mixed Martial Arts has evolved and developed over the past years and is now pushing its way into mainstream acceptance.

Cage Warriors was one of the first exponents of the sport and has consistently proved itself to be an innovative promoter of Events throughout the UK. Having staged over 30 events in the past 6 years, the business has been instrumental in the ever increasing popularity of the sport in general to its place today.

The founders of the CWFC, have always put their passion for the sport foremost and CWFC now commands a respect within the MMA community as reliable and experienced Match Makers with an unrivalled knowledge of the sport and its key players.

Mission Statement

CWFC is and will stay a world leader in MMA Events & Promotions & cooperate with similar organisations who have the sport’s best interest at heart.

CWFC will work to ensure a professional and regulated sport throughout its licensing and franchise operations.

Mixed Martial ArtsMA

Mixed Martial Arts - MMA is a full contact combat sport in which a wide variety of fighting techniques are used, including striking and grappling.

Modern mixed martial arts tournaments as a popular phenomenon emerged in 1993 and were based on the concept of pitting different fighting styles against each other in competition with minimal rules in place, in an attempt to determine which system would be more effective in a real, unregulated combat situation. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, mixed martial arts events implemented additional rules for the safety of the athletes and to promote acceptance of the sport, while maintaining as much of the original no-holds-barred concept as possible. Since these changes, the sport has grown rapidly, to the point of setting pay-per-view records.

The history of the modern MMA event can be traced to the Gracie family's Vale Tudo martial arts tournaments in Brazil starting in the 1920s and early mixed martial arts matches hosted by Antonio Inoki in Japan in the 1970s. The fighting concept of combining various combat disciplines gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the emergence of Bruce Lee and his theories of mixing various martial art styles. The sport gained international exposure and widespread publicity in the United States in 1993, when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Royce Gracie dominated the Ultimate Fighting Championship, sparking a revolution in the martial arts, while in Japan the continued interest in the sport resulted in the creation of the PRIDE Fighting Championships in 1997. 


Cage Warriors Fighting Championships

Rules and Regulations

All CWFC Mixed Martial Arts contests are conducted under the supervision and authority of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championships management team

MMA Rules and Guidelines


  • Fighters must be at least 18 years old.

  • Fighters must report within the allotted timeframe to CWFC officials before weighing-in on the day before the show and upon arrival in the arena on the day of the show.

  • Fighters must weigh-in before fighting (either on the day before weigh-in or on the day if they have not weighed in previously)

  • Fighters must pass a pre-fight medical

  • Fighters must attend the pre-fight rules meeting

  • Fighters must wear approved fight gear (which include the mandatory use of a groin guard, mouthpiece, shorts and gloves).

  • Fighters are expected to act in a professional and responsible manner at all times.

CWFC MMA Weight Classes:


Super-Heavyweight - Over 265 lbs/120.20kg

Heavyweight - Under 265 lbs/120.20kg

Light-Heavyweight - Under 205/93.00kg

Middleweight - Under 185lbs/ 83.91kg

Welterweight - Under 170lbs/ 77.11kg

Lightweight - Under 155 lbs/ 70.31kg

Featherweight - Under 145lbs/65.80kg

Bantamweight - Under 135lbs/61.23kg


Under 60kg/133lbs 

Bout duration:

  1. All standard CWFC MMA bouts shall be contested over three rounds.

  2. All CWFC Title bouts shall be contested over five rounds.

  3. Rounds will be five minutes in duration

  4. A one-minute rest period will occur between each round.

  5. In the event of a bout going the distance, three Judges will decide the winner on a 10 point must system. If no winner can be reached the bout will be declared a draw.

The fighting area

  1. All CWFC bouts will take place inside an octagonal cage.

Allowed Moves For Full Professional MMA Bouts

All submissions and takedowns allowed under the “Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (which include neck cranks and heel hooks)

Moves allowed when fighters are standing

  • Strikes with fists, palms, elbows (not downward), forearms, stomping, knees, and kicks, (all allowed to the head, body)

Moves allowed when once fighter is grounded

  • Strikes with fists, palms, elbows (not downward)

  • Forearms, (allowed to the head, but not to the back of the head or the spine or neck), knees and kicks are allowed but not to the head.


The following acts constitute fouls in CWFC MMA bouts.

1. Butting with the head.

2. Eye gouging of any kind.

3. Biting.

4. Hair pulling.

5. Fishhooking.

6. Groin attacks of any kind.

7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.

8. Small joint manipulation.

9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head.

10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.

11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.

12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.

13. Grabbing the clavicle.

14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.

15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.

16. Stomping a grounded opponent.

17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.

18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.

19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.

20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.

21. Spitting at an opponent.

22. Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.

23. Holding the fence.

24. Using abusive language inside the CWFC octagon.

25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.

26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.

27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.

28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.

29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.

30. Interference by the corner.

31. Throwing in the towel during competition.

'B Class Pro Rules

The Cage Warriors team introduced 'B Class pro' rules in 2006 to help introduce fighters to the professional circuit. These bouts count towards a fighter's professional record but have slightly different rules and bouts feature fights between new professional fighter in order to promote fairness.

'B Class Pro' bouts rules are as follows

  1. Fights are held over 2x5 minute rounds

  2. These bouts use the same rules as the CWFC with the following exceptions

    • No elbows are allowed (Either standing or on the floor)

    • No heel hooks

    • No spinal or neck cranks