Newman (5-1), a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” this past year, is a lightweight. Barnes (12-10), a BAMMA vet, is a middleweight.
“We’re always willing to provide a platform for talented fighters who want to compete regularly, so it’s great to have Luke and Leeroy on board,” Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan stated. “They both have the skills and the right attitude. They want to be active, so I know they’ll fit right in at Cage Warriors. I wish both guys luck, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.”
Newman, who was bounced from “TUF” following a loss to eventual show champion Robert Whittaker, won his first five pro fights (all via first-round stoppage). However, after the show and with no UFC contract, the 23-year-old took a fight earlier this year at BAMMA 12, where he suffered his first career loss, to undefeated Ryan Scope.
Barnes, meanwhile, has seen a career resurgence. Although he started his career with 6-8 mark, he’s 6-2 since them. The 28-year-old is currently riding a two-fight win streak with both victories coming via submission.
Barnes makes his promotional debut at Cage Warriors 57 on July 20 against an opponent TBD. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) streams the event live.
(Pictured: Leeroy Barnes)view original article >>
Al Iaquinta isn’t happy with his pay in the UFC, even if it is the deal he agreed to. After his latest knockout win, is he right to demand more money? Ben Fowlkes and Danny Downes debate in this week read news >>
Valerie Letourneau has become the latest UFC veteran to ink a deal with Bellator MMA. read news >>
When UFC was sold in July 2016 to WME-IMG for a staggering $4.2 billion, longtime president Dana White inked a five-year deal to remain with the fight company. read news >>
Newly signed Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau announced her first fight with the promotion on Monday and laid our her timeline for retirement. read news >>
Now former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje late Wednesday night said his next move is a done deal.Filed under: News, UFC, WSOF read news >>
With the WSOF morphing into the Professional Fighters League, the UFC snatched up another of the promotion's champions, inking a deal with Justin Gaethje. read news >>
Dana White on Wednesday announced that he had finished a deal with Conor McGregor to fight Floyd Mayweather. Now he's got to get Mayweather locked down. read news >>