FOUR Portsmouth-based cage fighters have seen their pro careers get a boost by agreeing deals with one of Europe’s top promoters.
Mike Ling, Phil Harris, Mok Rahman and James Brum, who are all based at Gym01 in Rodney Road, have signed exclusive contracts with Cage Warriors, a promotions company that operates across the continent and beyond.
The deal will help the quartet, who are among the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in the country, showcase their talents at a higher level.
Ling (8-3-0) is a 6ft 6in middleweight who made his Cage Warriors debut in a pulsating battle with Jack Hermansson at Fight Night 2 in Amman, Jordan back in September.
The 24-year-old said: ‘I’m really proud to have been signed by Cage Warriors. I have fought on a lot of different shows in the past and Cage Warriors is by far one of the best. Having fought in Jordan a couple of months ago, I know just how well they look after you.
‘It’s a great opportunity for me and I think it will take me to where I want to be.’
Harris (21-9-0) is an eight-year veteran of professional MMA and is regarded as Europe’s top flyweight.
The Portsmouth native is looking forward to returning to a Cage Warriors card, having not fought for the promotion since his 2005 clash with Paul McVeigh.
‘I’d like to say a big thank you to Graham Boylan at Cage Warriors for giving me the opportunity to sign with such a great organisation,’ said Harris.
‘I’ve previously fought on Cage Warriors and I’m very happy to be back at my natural weight.
‘I’m heading towards the peak of my career and I’m looking forward to fighting the top flyweights Cage Warriors can offer.’
Rahman (9-3-0) is an exciting welterweight, who has secured eight of his nine victories via TKO, and is eager to make his first Cage Warriors appearance in 2012.
He said: ‘I’m looking forward to showing all the Cage Warriors fans what I can do. I want the big fights on the biggest stages so this is exactly the right show to be with.’
Meanwhile, Brum (7-2-0) is a bantamweight who has clocked up some impressive wins since making his professional debut in 2009.
‘It’s the start of the next phase of the journey towards living the dream,’ said Brum.
‘It just shows that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything.’
Head coach at Gym01, Brian Adams, added: ‘Gym01 fighters are always looking for tough fights and I know Cage Warriors can deliver them. 2012 is going to be amazing.’
Brum and Harris are set to be in action in the Ukraine on Thursday, Feburary 23.
Ling is pencilled in to fight in April, while Rahman is waiting for his contest to be confirmed.
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