Welterweight champion Ross Houston has been released by Cage Warriors and has subsequently vacated his Cage Warriors title.
MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Houston’s management company, Black Panther Sports, on Tuesday. According to statement made by the CEO of Black Panther Sports, Kedu Uchegbu, Cage Warriors parted ways with the Scottish fighter in “amicable” fashion. Although solicitors were involved, both parties have signed non-disclosure agreements, which will not allow them to disclose specific details of the release.
Uchegbu also revealed that the former Cage Warriors welterweight champion is currently in negotiations with three different organizations.
“Ross has been released,” the statement reads. “The negotiation was between the solicitors and very amicable. The terms of the agreement are covered by a non-disclosure agreement but both parties have wished each other well.
“Ross is negotiating with three companies at present for an April fight. We are looking for fights outside the U.K. to grow his viral fan base. At present, he isn’t looking at signing with any company that is based in the U.K. or Ireland solely.”
Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan released the following statement to MMA Fighting when contacted about Houston’s release:
“Ross Houston & Cage Warriors have decided to part ways by mutual agreement. Ross Houston has thanked Cage Warriors for the work Cage Warriors has done in getting his career to this stage. Ross is now a free agent,” the statement read.
Houston (8-0-0, 1 NC) is considering one of the best prospects fighting out of the U.K. and Ireland. After four consecutive victories under the banner, he claimed the Cage Warriors welterweight title with a split decision win over highly touted Italian, Stefano Paterno.
The Scot competed just one time in 2019, in one of the most memorable fights of the year against Nicolas Dalby. Both men lost so much blood that the surface of the cage became too slippy to compete on, forcing veteran referee Marc Goddard to stop the action. The bout was deemed a no contest after it ended in the third round. Although many had hoped the fight would be re-booked for UFC Copenhagen weeks later, only Dalby was offered a contract for the inaugural Danish event.
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