Cage Warriors makes their official 2013 return in March. It will also be the first time they hold a show in England.
The show will be headlined with welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (17-5) taking on Cathal Pendred (11-2-1).
Grimaud has gone 10-1 since 2010 and is currently sitting on an eight fight win streak. He took home the vacant title against Arni Isaksson (12-4) with a second round TKO in 2011. He defended the title once since then, with a third round armbar submission over Jesse Taylor (24-9). Grimaud has remained active with fights out of Maxi Fight and Pancrace.
Pendred’s latest run has seen him go 5-0, which includes a title contender win over Liam Shannon in 2011. That win was a third round TKO. Pendred holds two decision wins in 2012 over UFC veteran David Bielkheden (17-12) and M-1 fighter Bruno Carvalho (14-6).
Cage Warriors 52 is set for March 9 and comes from the HMV Forum in London. MMA Junkie will be streaming the main card and Sherdog the preliminary fights.