Iceland’s Arni “the Ice Viking” Isaksson (12-4) will defend the Cage Contender welterweight belt against Ali Arish (17-2) of England tomorrow in Dublin. The two stepped on the scales today, and are now set to battle for the title.
“This is a massive first defense for Arni. It is no secret that Ali Arish is a strong and very very dangerous fighter, capable of putting you away in a heartbeat. That said we all know Arni’s pedigree and I am in no doubt that John Kavanagh and the team at Mjolnir will have a game plan ready. This is a fight for the fans!” says Cage Contender CEO John Ferguson.
Isaksson won the belt in October 2012 by stopping Englishman Wayne Murrie with strikes in the second round. Isaksson, who trains with the UFC welterweight phenom Gunnar Nelson and Cathal Prendred among others at the Mjölnir gym and Straight Blast gym, is 4-1 in his last five fights with the lone loss to highly regarded Gael Grimaud of France.
Mjölnir’s Halli Nelson commented the fight to Cage Contender:
“Arni has been training very well and is in great condition. He’s in Iceland training with Gunnar and Mjölnir competition team. I myself have seen some of Ali’s fights online and specifically remember his devastating KO against Wayne Murrie. Ali seems to be a very well rounded and strong opponent with very good wrestling and KO power on top of that. But Arni is no ordinary opponent, with the heart of a true warrior. He will be defending his CC WW belt for sure but I know this will be a fight for the fans to remember.”
How to Watch
In Iceland, you can watch the bout at Stöð 2 Sport 2.
You can also buy the event online at https://secure.livesport.tv/buy/event/802151 for €6.99.