Londoner and Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion Modestas Bukauskas will be hopeful of a hometown UFC debut when the promotion docks in the English capital on March 21.
Following a first round stoppage of Italian Riccardo Nosiglia, the title holder was lauded by Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan, who insisted that the knockout artist was ready to test his skill set in the Octagon. The Irish promoter insisted that Bukauskas had “turned a corner” in terms of his ability over the last number of outings.
“I’d like to see Modestas go,” Boylan told the gathered media following Cage Warriors 111 in London.
“There was a time when it was questionable where Modestas would end up, but he turned a corner in his career. He took on some big names, he beat them and he’s a champion and he just defended it.”
Bukauskas is currently riding a six fight win streak and knocked off Norwegian wrestler and highly touted prospect Marthin Hamlet in his last appearance for Cage Warriors.
Due to the lack of challenges that are available to the Londoner at present, Boylan thinks it could be the perfect time for him to graduate to the UFC.
“The light heavyweight division in Europe; there’s not a lot to choose from or to pick. So, I’d like to see him go, if he doesn’t want to go we’ll find something for him in London. But I do believe that he’s earned his shot in his last three or four performances.”
Graham Boylan’s post Cage Warriors 111 comments begin at 1:00:00 of Eurobash.