Though combat sport has always been one of the most followed sports, of late, with new techniques introduced to it, these sports have gained a tremendous fan following, globally. Thanks to the techniques of ancient martial arts which are further improvised to suit the sports format. This improvised martial arts techniques are now called as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and one tournament which has adopted MMA to the fullest in Cage Warriors.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship or CWFC is a mixed martial arts promotion, based in London. Cage Warriors was founded by Dougie Truman back in 2001, the first event titled ‘Armageddon’, at which notable fighters like Jean Silva, Rosi Sexton, Matt Ewin and Paul Jenkins were victorious, was staged on July 27 of that year.
After making its mark on the global arenas, Cage Warriors is now coming to India. DSport will be live telecasting the Cage Warriors 84 on Saturday, June 3rd from 01:30 AM.
Cage Warriors’ rules are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. These rules have been adopted across the US in other states that regulate mixed martial arts. As a result, they have become the standard de facto set of rules for professional mixed martial arts across the US and for cage-based MMA worldwide.
All Cage Warriors fights are contested over three, five-minute rounds, with the exception of five-round championship bouts. There is a one-minute rest period in-between rounds. As per the Unified Rules of MMA, Cage Warriors only allows competitors to fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Fighters must use approved light gloves which are generally 4-6 ounces, that allow fingers to grab.
The ten-point must system is used for all Cage Warriors fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. The decision is announced at the end of the match but the judge’s scorecards are not announced.
When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise, it is a technical draw.
Cage Warriors has successfully established itself as one of the ruthless combat sport fought inside a cage. Here, survival depends not only on being fit but how quickly one adapts to his opponents’ techniques and use them against him. One of the finest combat sports, Cage Warriors has surely played its part in popularizing Mixed Martial Arts globally.