Cage Conflict 5 set for December 4th; Three Fights Announced

Cage Conflict 5 has been announced to take place on December 5. Fresh off the success of Cage Conflict 4, which took place in Falls Park, Belfast last August. The next Cage Conflict installment will take place in the Devenish Complex in Belfast. Three cracking fights have already been announced with two title bouts scheduled to take place.

Two former IMMAF will collide in the main event. Paddy McCrory (1-0) returns after a very successful debut at Cage Conflict 4. the FAI man will defend his middleweight title against Cathal Manning (1-1) who represents Team Ryano. “The Galway Kid” has not been seen inside the cage since his TKO win over Ismar Blagoje at Cage Warriors 110 in 2019. That fight is too quality, highly anticipated main event, and what a battle that will shape up to be.

SevereMMA had the opportunity to speak with Manning, who has been on a two-year layoff, about his comeback and the title shot ahead.

“I’m very excited to get back in there on a top promotion like cage conflict they run a great show and they have a fantastic gym of fighters. Paddy is a young strong Belfast kid that isn’t afraid of a scrap fighting out of one of the best gyms in Ireland/UK and I’m fully aware of that he’s going to try take my head clean off.”

“I’m not one for talking shit to be honest it’s going to be an exciting fight I always come to entertain and what’s meant to be will be I’m two years out of the cage but I’m also two years learning so wherever the fight goes I’ll be comfortable.”

The flyweight title will be on the line for the evening’s co-main event as FAI standout Ciaran Mulholland (2-2) goes up against Team KF’s Kamil Wincenciak (0-1) for the 125-pound strap. Mulholland started his career at bantamweight and came up short in the opening two fights of his career. A move down to the flyweight division and two solid wins in a row has turned the FAI man into a different animal as he eyes his first professional title. Wincenciak made the jump from a sucessful amatuer career to take on Luke Riley on the recent Cage Warriors 128 trilogy card. The Polish man will also make the jump down in weight class to 125-pounds and will look to nitch his first win, and his first title all in the one fight. This will be a fight not to be missed.

Two-time world, and five-time European Taekwondo Champion Adam Shelley (0-1) is set to make his debut for the Belfast promotion after previously making his professional debut at Clan Wars 40. Shelley suffered at submission loss to top prospect Kenny Mokhonoana and will be looking to return to the win column. Team KF lightweight will step in to take on undefeated Italian prospect Daniele Scagliusi (2-0), Shelley will be in search for his first professional win when he steps in to take on his undefeated Italian rival.

Shelley spoke to SevereMMA about the fight, how he matches up with his Italian counterpart and how he expects the fight to unfold.

“I’m really excited about getting back in the cage for my second professional fight”, said Shelley. I’ve had plenty of time to right the wrongs from my debut and I’m looking forward to getting back to doing what I love. I’m excited to put on the performance I know I’m capable of and showcasing my skills. I have no doubt that will result in a win inside the 15 minutes. I know that Daniele has had an extensive amateur career in Italy and is currently undefeated as a pro. My coach (Chris Fields) will review the footage and we will formulate a game plan.”

Ian O'Neill is a Kilkenny man living in Canada. You can catch him on Twitter most of the time talking all things MMA. Follow me on Twitter and on Instagram @ioneillmma.