Cage Contender X: The Most Anticipated Fight Card in Irish History

Peter CarrollContributor IIIJune 13, 2011

Middleweight Champ Fields to face Redmond
Middleweight Champ Fields to face Redmond

Cage Contender X is heating up to be one of the most anticipated fight cards in Irish history with the bad blood between Chris Fields and John Redmond dominating most of the headlines.

The main event of the night, however, sees Cage Contender Featherweight Champion, Owen Roddy (8-3) squaring off against sanshou master Ben “Son of Life” Davis (3-1). This one looks to be an explosive encounter with both men known to have great ability in their striking, with the champion boasting four of his eight wins by technical or straight knockout.

Ben Davis has endeared himself to the crowds at Cage Contender, coming back from the jaws of defeat with a stunning KO with a left head kick in his last bout under the promotions banner. Two of his wins have come by spectacular knockout and one by stoppage from the opposition corner.

The main focus for this card will undoubtedly be on the co-main event of the evening when Chris “The Killing” Fields will defend his Middleweight title against John “The Wrecking Machine” Redmond.

The beef between the two is mostly based on a video of Redmond that surfaced, made three months ago, showing the Rush Fight Academy product dishing out some G’n’P on a heavy bag which sported an SBGi t-shirt. With SBGi being Fields’ camp, the gesture has not been taken kindly.

“Wrecking Machine” Redmond was also cage side for Field’s catch weight performance at Cage Contender IX where he faced the massive Lee Chadwick. On Fields winning the bout Redmond stood up and signaled that the middleweight strap was his for the taking on July 23.

This card is sure to live to expectation with such an array of talent on the undercard, the featured bouts and the previously mentioned double headline events.

Cage Contender has established itself as Ireland’s premier mixed martial arts pedestal over the last year, and this card could be a real water shed moment for MMA in the Irish media, with Sky Sports now courting the John Ferguson promotion.

“This card is jam packed stacked! My job is simple - to provide the fans with what they want to see. That’s why they spend their hard earned cash coming to Cage Contender events.

“We know that it’s the fans and fighters who make the promotion what it is and that’s why we take on their views and opinions to create the end product”, said Cage Contender C.E.O John Ferguson.