Cage Warriors makes its long-awaited return to San Diego, California tonight with a lightweight headliner between Jordan Bailey and Alex Trinidad on tap for the fans.
Fight fans can catch Cage Warriors 139 in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, with the preliminary bouts starting the action at 8:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. PT. The main card will get underway from Humphrey’s by the Bay in San Diego at approximately 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
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Cage Warriors 139
Bailey and Trinidad will assume top-ticket status on the show after a fight between one-time UFC debutant Max Rohskopf and Erick Sanchez fell through. Mid-week complications from Sanchez should put even more eyeballs on Bailey and Trinidad, both of whom are hungry and motivated to get back into the win column after various setbacks. Bailey (6-5) enters Friday’s main event coming off a loss to Rohskopf his last time out, one which he dropped via unanimous decision. He will be three years younger than Trinidad (5-3), though both fighters will be competing for the first time in more than six months, so improvements could be on full display.
Bailey opened his career with stoppage wins in five of his first six fights, but has gone on a skid having dropped four of his last five. The defeat to Rohskopf also marked the end of a three-plus-year layoff for Bailey, and Friday will mark his first fight in eight months. Trinidad, meanwhile, will be fighting for the first time in 10 months and while he lacks the early-professional career success of his opponent, he did manage to start his amateur career 5-0, showing minute-to-minute promise as well as an ability to win fights in multiple ways. While he has sustained three defeats as a professional, one of Trinidad’s losses came at the hands of Gabe Green, who is coming off consecutive wins in the UFC and has a fight himself booked with former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Ian Garry next month. As for Trinidad, he will look to get his career back on the winning track, and a convincing win over Bailey would do just that with Cage Warriors 139 being among the biggest platforms either fighter has seen yet. The same can be said for Bailey, who has won five of six inside the distance.
Friday’s co-main event will feature a 160-pound catchweight fight between Cesar Gonzalez and Jamey Lynch. Lynch, 4-2, fought on the promotion’s last trip to San Diego, winning a technical decision over Albert Lee in a fight that went to judges’ scorecards prematurely. The Chris Leben pupil and San Diego local will look to put on a show in front of the hometown fans against Gonzalez, who despite having a 4-4 record, is coming off consecutive wins for the first time in his career.
In addition to the feature fights, Cage Warriors 139 will also feature a fun main card. Featherweight Elijah Leggett, who made his professional debut back in February, will look to start his MMA career 4-0 when he takes on former Dragon House featherweight champion Brandon Laroco (6-2). Light heavyweight Armando Murillo Jr. will also look to add another stoppage to his resume when he meets a game opponent in Elijah Harris. Exciting tilts in the bantamweight and welterweight divisions are set to open the main card, with Dana White’s Contender Series alum Junior Cortez, brother of UFC women’s bantamweight Tracy Cortez set to take on James Settle. Hawaiian Kona Oliveira is ticketed for a fight with former North Carolina Tarheel wrestler Chasen Blair, who, like Lynch, will look to get a win in front of his hometown fans.
A featherweight bout between Michael O’Leary and Roberto Hernandez is set to headline the prelims, and lightweight Bill Wilson will open the show with a fight against former Lynch opponent Lee. Sandwiched between the aforementioned fights will be welterweight and flyweight scraps, the former of which will be contested between Hakaraia Wilson and Tyler Scoto in what should be a competitive fight. The only flyweight fight of the evening will pit the 2-0 John Andrus against David Lopez, who compiled an 8-1 record as an amateur.
Cage Warriors 139 Results
Jordan Bailey def. Alex Trinidad via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :31 of Round 1
Jamey Lynch def. Cesar Gonzalez via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 2:02 of Round 1
Eli Leggett def. Brandon Laroco via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Elijah Harris def. Armando Murillo Jr. via Submission (Head & Arm Choke) at 2:33 of Round 1
Junior Cortez def. James Settle via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Chasen Blair def. Kona Oliveira via KO (punch) at :39 of Round 2
Roberto Hernandez def. Michael O’Leary via TKO (strikes) at 2:37 of Round 1
Tyler Escoto def. Hakaraia Wilson via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
David Lopez def. John Andrus via KO (strikes) at 3:59 of Round 1
Bill Wilson def. Albert Lee via TKO (strikes) at 3:00 of Round 2