Friday, August 29, 2014

Pannie Kianzad vs Agnieszka Niedzwiedz set for Nov. 15 Cage Warriors show

Cage Warriors announced today their first Women's Bantamweight Championship at the Nov. 15 at the Copper Box Arena in London. It will be Swedish fighter Pannie Kianzad facing Polish fighter Agnieszka Niedzwiedz. Earlier this year Cage Warriors announced very ambitious plans for multiple women's divisions. The progress has been much slower than expected. Part of the problem is a lot of their fighters lack experience. And when a fighter is impressive, chances are good she will be snapped up by either the UFC or Invicta which is exactly what happened to Joanna Jedrzejczyk who was impressive in her UFC debut last month. So I expect that whoever wins this fight will be UFC bound. I've had my eye on Pannie Kianzad for a while now. She's 22 years old and trains at Rumble Sports in Sweden. Her record is 6-0. She went to Russia and beat current UFC fighter Milana Dudieva. Then she won over Bellator signee Annalisa Bucci. Why isn't Pannie in the UFC already? All her fights have been at 145lb. She made her Cage Warriors debut with an Aug. 22 win over Megan van Houtam. That fight was at 140lb. Afterwards, Pannie said she plans to drop to 135. That should get the UFC's attention. Agnieszka is 19 years old and trains at Natal Gold Team in Poland. Her record is 7-0 but Pannie is a big step up in competition. For that reason, I give Pannie the edge. She has fought a higher level of competition already and I think Agnieszka is unproven. Maybe she will prove herself in this fight. I have a feeling UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby will be watching.

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