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Darren Stewart vs. Bartosz Fabinski added to Cage Warriors 113 after UFC London cancellation

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Darren Stewart and Bartosz Fabinski were scheduled to face different opponents at UFC London on Saturday night before the cancellation of the event, but due to travel restrictions brought about on by the coronavirus, the European duo will now face off against each other at Cage Warriors 113 on Friday night instead.

This is the second contest involving UFC fighters that will take place at the London event on Friday. Earlier on Monday, Cage Warriors president Graham Boylan announced that John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic had been moved to the Indigo event after initially being scheduled for UFC London.

Boylan confirmed that Stewart and Fabinski would meet in an interview with MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast, which is set to be released on Tuesday morning. Restrictions would not allow Stewart’s initial opponent, Marvin Vettori, and Fabinski’s, Shavkat Rakhmonov, to compete at Cage Warriors 113. Fabinski returns to the middleweight bracket for the contest.

“We have verbally agreed with both sides - but this obviously all travel dependent - for London’s Darren Stewart to compete against Bartosz Fabinski, who is stepping up to middleweight to fight,” Boylan said.

As of Monday morning, Cage Warriors 113 is set to take place behind closed doors in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Stewart (11-4-0) is currently on a two-fight win streak on the back of wins over Bevon Lewis and Deron Winn. The Londoner has an even record within the UFC since his signing in 2016. He has collected a record of 4-4-0, 1 NC in his nine outings with the promotion.

Fabinski (14-3-0) tasted defeat for the first time in the Octagon in his last outing when he lost a decision to celebrated Brazilian Michel Prazeres. His three wins with the promotion have come against Emil Meek, Hector Urbina and Garreth McLellan.

Check out Graham Boylan’s interview on this week’s Eurobash. It begins at 1:08:00.