Cage Warriors 52's Chris Fishgold seeking submission, but not afraid to stand


chris-fishgold.jpgChris Fishgold could be England’s fiercest featherweight striker for all we know. But he’s not going to show it unless he has to.

Fishgold (7-0) on Saturday takes on Steve O’Keeffe (6-2) to close out the preliminary card of Cage Warriors 52, which takes place at London’s HMV Forum and has a main card that streams live and free worldwide on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (9 p.m. GMT local time).

To watch the main card, which includes champion Gael Grimaud vs. Cathal Pendred for the welterweight title, head to cagewarriors.mmajunkie.com. Additionally, catch prelims, including Fishgold vs. O’Keeffe, at 2:15 p.m. ET on Facebook.

Fishgold has six of his seven wins by submission with four rear-naked chokes on his resume. The one fight the unbeaten fighter from Liverpool, England, didn’t make someone tap, he went to a decision.

But there’s a reason his standup game hasn’t been on display thus far in his pro career, despite plenty of training in it at the Next Generation camp in England.

“The reason no one’s ever seen it, is because If I know I can beat someone at the grappling, why risk the standup?” Fishgold told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) earlier this week. “I do work on it day in and day out, and it’s just as good as my grappling skills. I train with ex-pro boxer Danny Roberts, who’s out of Next Generation and there’s a lot of good strikers down at Next Generation.”

But O’Keeffe isn’t too shabby on the ground, himself. Of his six wins, five have come by submission. He’s been out for a little more than a year after a Cage Warriors title fight loss to Conor McGregor, who eventually became a two-division champ before signing with the UFC.

So does Fishgold think the fight heads to the floor, where they might cancel each other out? Or does he think maybe O’Keeffe will want to stay out of the danger zone and try his luck in the standup department?

“I’ve watched a few of his grappling matches, and I think on the ground and my all-around game is better,” Fishgold said. “So wherever he wants to go with it, really – if he wants to make it into a grappling bout, he’s going to get choked out, basically, and he’s going to get choked out quick. If he does want to stand with me, well, he’ll get knocked out – I’ll show him the striking skills.

“I’m not really too concerned about this fight, where it goes. I just want to go out, enjoy myself and put on a show.”

But despite that love affair with the rear-naked, Fishgold also said he’d love to turn some heads with something else, if given the opportunity. Considering he’s been out of action a while himself, since October 2011, he’ll take what he can get.

“If (the rear-naked choke) comes, then I’ll take it,” he said. “If not, I wouldn’t mind something fancy.”

For more on Cage Warriors 52, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 27 views

In a bizzare twist of MMA regulatory news, Cage Warriors has moved a recent event targeted for Sweden to Jordan, after the Swedish MMA Federation refused to approve most of the bouts on their card. I read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 19 views

If it’s any consolation to the Cage Warriors brass, future attempts to put on an event in Sweden might be met with considerably more success. Filed under: Cage Warriors, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

The Europe-based Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is offering an interesting take on the traditional post-fight bonus system. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Cage Warriors had planned to be in Sweden next month. Instead, the England-based promotion will head to Jordan. Filed under: Cage Warriors, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 20 views

You can watch a live and free video stream of today’s Cage Warriors 71 main card here on MMAjunkie at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, Videos read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

Tommy McCafferty hasn’t fought in roughly 11 months, but it’s not for a lack of trying. Filed under: Cage Warriors, News read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 views

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan will begrudgingly move the promotion’s 71st show to Jordan after disagreement with the Swedish MMA Federation.Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, Radio Highlight read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

Dave Hill was a creative person, someone who was attending a university to study graphic design. But he was also an athlete, as he had played rugby and soccer with success growing up the son of two e read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

European mixed martial arts promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship has elected to move its Aug. 23 event from Stockholm to Amman, Jordan, on Aug. 22. read news >>