Kris Edwards Replaces Martin McDonough In Cage Warriors 59 Tournament
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.05.2013
McDonaugh out with a fractured hand...
MMA Junkie reports that Martin McDonoaugh (11-4) was forced out of the Cage Warriors 59 bantamweight title tournament due to a fractured hand. He was replaced by his teammate Kris Edwards (8-5). The winner of the four-man, single-night tournament gets the vacant title. The event takes place on September 14 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. It streams live on MMA Junkie after preliminary fights on Facebook.
Edwards will face James Pennington (7-1) while David Haggstrom (7-1-1) will fight Brett Johns (7-0). Edwards was initially set to fight Aaron Blackwell (11-9-1) in a tourney-reserve fight, but the fight was pulled. Blackwell will likely be booked on a future card instead. Jordan Desborough (6-2) vs. Timur Mercanoglu (3-0) is now the reserve fight. Edwards is returning to bantamweight after a run at flyweight.
Edwards said: "I'm absolutely gutted for Martin. I've seen first-hand how hard he's prepared for this tournament, and he's devastated to have picked up an injury. But I'm thrilled with the chance to replace him, and I'll do my best to bring that title back to Tillery Combat."
Here's the current card:
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com, 4 p.m. ET)
Jim Alers vs. Martin Svensson - for featherweight title
TBA vs. TBA - bantamweight-tourney final
Mats Nilsson vs. Denniston Sutherland
Lewis Long vs. Tommy Maguire
Dave Hill vs. Brian Moore
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 2 p.m. ET)
Lee Caers vs. Aaron Thomas
Kris Edwards vs. James Pennington - bantamweight-tourney opening round
David Haggstrom vs. Brett Johns - bantamweight-tourney opening round
Sam Gilbert vs. Jamie Rogers
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 1 p.m. ET)
Jordan Desborough vs. Timur Mercanoglu
Brett Caswell vs. Paul Rogers