Cage Warriors 98 takes place on the 20th October at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.
Birmingham will play host to some of Scotland's most promising fighters, as Scott Malone attempts to take his record up to 5-1, Paull McBain faces a stiff test against Aiden Lee, and Ross Houston aims to become the new Cage Warriors welterweight champion.
Ross Houston vs Stefano Paternò will headline the Cage Warriors 98 event in a Cage Warriors welterweight title fight.
Ross "The Hitman" Houston is currently 7-0 in his promising MMA career, and his exciting style of fighting has earned him the opportunity to compete for Cage Warriors gold. Houston strongly believes that he is the best welterweight in Europe and now the SBG Inverness fighter has the chance to show the MMA world why he is the one to watch in the welterweight division. Although Ross Houston trains out of SBG Inverness, he has spent some time at Renegade Gym in Birmingham in the lead up to this fight, training with recently signed Bellator MMA fighter Fabian Edwards.
Ross Houston's ambition and mental strength have been paramount in his eight-year MMA journey, and now the culmination of his years of hard work will see the Scotsman face the hardest test of his blossoming MMA career.
During an interview with The Scottish Sun, Ross Houston spoke about his upcoming title fight with Stefano Paternò.
“When I get in the cage, I perform well under the lights. The bigger the occasion, the better I perform.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself as I know in my head that I’m going to fight well. It’s going to be a good night.”
It's clear that Ross Houston is not letting the magnitude of the moment affect his mindset going into the biggest fight of his career. This shows huge maturity, and these attributes will certainly be needed if he aspires to compete in the UFC.
Houston sees this fight as the key to a UFC contract, due to Cage Warriors' long list of former fighters who have made the move over to the biggest MMA promotion in the world, including fighters such as Dan Hardy, Michael Bisping and Conor McGregor.
“Cage Warriors has the proven track record as the number one place to be in Europe and it can help you get to the UFC.
“So getting that belt placed round my waist on Saturday will help me get to the places I want to go.”
Ross Houston realises that this fight will give him huge exposure and help him on his way to the global stage of mixed martial arts, but Stefano Paternò is the man who stands in the way of Houston fulfilling a lifelong dream. Stefano Paternò currently has an impressive record of 12-2. An unbelievable 92% of his 12 wins have ended via KO or submission, making him an incredibly dangerous and precarious opponent for anyone in the 170 lb division. Paternò arrived on the Cage Warriors stage in devastating fashion, dispatching of Mehrdad Janzemini and claiming Cage Warriors gold at Cage Warriors 95 in July.
Sparks will fly when these two talented martial artists collide on the Cage Warriors stage. Both men will have a huge amount of confidence going into this contest, and you can guarantee that both Ross Houston and Stefano Paternò will be eager to make a statement and prove that they are the best welterweight fighter in Europe.
Aberdeen's Paull McBain will be competing in the co-main event at Cage Warriors 98 in the Featherweight Title Tournament Semi-Final. McBain, who currently trains at Spartan Fight Team in Scotland, Aberdeen, has been in fine form since his MMA debut in 2015. He will be looking to take his record to 7-0, but he faces a tough test against Birmingham's own Aiden Lee. Aiden Lee trains at Renegade Gym in Birmingham with a wide array of incredible fighters including Tom Breese and Fabian Edwards, and you can guarantee that he will be hungry and determined to earn himself a priceless shot at the Cage Warriors title.
A win at Cage Warriors 98 will give the victor the incredible opportunity to face the winner of Dean Trueman vs Lewis Monarch for the Cage Warriors featherweight championship.
Scott Malone will be representing his hometown of Dundee when he competes at Cage Warriors 98. He will face Adam Amarasinghe in a bantamweight contest that takes place on the preliminary card, and Malone will look earn his 2nd win under the Cage Warriors Banner.
Cage Warriors 98 takes place on the 20th October at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands. It will be an incredible night of fights and it's certainly an event that you will not want to miss. The people of Scotland will have their eyes on Birmingham, and we will see if the three fighters flying the Scottish flag with pride can be victorious at Cage Warriors 98.
The main card will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and UFC Fight Pass from 9 pm, and the pro prelims will be LIVE and FREE worldwide on the Cage Warriors Facebook page from 6:45 pm.
Written by Dylan Chambers.