A four-woman tournament to crown a Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 125-pound women’s champion will begin on April 15, 2012 in Amman, Jordan. Cage Warriors officials confirmed the news with MMARising.com today and three of the four participants have already been determined.
Top UK star Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton, who captured a 132-pound title in the promotion early in her career, will look for her second CWFC belt in the tournament. Sexton joins Irish standout Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly and fast-rising prospect Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff as confirmed entrants.
Sexton (12-2-0) has posted back-to-back wins inside the CWFC cage since her upset loss to eventual Bellator women’s champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel last year. The grappler has finished nine of her opponents to date and is coming off of one of her biggest wins. In February, Sexton earned a close but Unanimous Decision victory over former Strikeforce title challenger Roxanne Modafferi and had looked to be in line for a Cage Warriors title fight earlier this year before a concussion in training kept her on the sidelines.
Daly (13-2-0) maintained an active schedule this year and won three straight fights after suffering a quick defeat against fellow tournament participant Gaff in April. Like Sexton, all but two of Daly’s wins have come by stoppage and she has submitted her opponents in each of her past three bouts. In June, Daly upset rising star Jessica “Evil” Eye to become the North American Allied Fight Series 125-pound women’s champion, and most recently defended her title with a second-round win three weeks ago.
Sexton and Daly will now face off in the opening round of the tournament. Their semi-final matchup is scheduled for CWFC 47 on May 5th in Dublin, Ireland.
Gaff (9-4-1) enters the tournament as a dark horse, but has already dispatched of Daly in quick and violent fashion. Following a three-fight losing skid that included a disappointing disqualification loss to Cindy Dandois, Gaff knocked out Swedish prospect Hanna Sillen in eight seconds before taking on Daly at CWFC 41. From the outset, Gaff dominated the brief bout with strikes and finished Daly off with a barrage of knees and punches in just over 90 seconds. Five of the hard-hitting Gaff’s wins have come by knockout, but her ground game is also formidable.
A fourth and final tournament participant will be announced in the coming weeks and will serve as Gaff’s opponent in the opening round. That bout will take place at CWFC: Fight Night 5 on April 15, 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The victor will then move on to face the winner of the Sexton-Daly bout later in the year to determine the Cage Warriors 125-pound women’s champion. The tournament final is currently set to take place at CWFC: Fight Night 6 on September 1st in Istanbul, Turkey.