Cage Warriors 87 poster. Credit Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors 87 will host a clash between two of the promotion’s top welterweights, as ultimate underdog Craig “Thundercat” White faces off against UK MMA veteran Matt Inman.

The fight will headline Cage Warriors’ return to Wales on October 14 at the Newport Centre, which will also feature heavily touted Welshman Jack Shore.
The Welsh contingent will have somebody to lose their Dragons over on Oct. 14, with White (11-7) being part Welsh, part English. Despite having spent most of his life living in England, “Thundercat” admitted that he tends to sway more towards his Welsh roots. 
Training out of Lions Den MMA in Exmouth, the 27-year-old has earned the tag of the ultimate underdog in his last two fights, defeating favoured Norwegians Thomas Robertsen and Hakon Foss with emphatic first round submissions.   
“They always say you’re only ever a few good wins away from the top and after beating two of the best Norway has to offer this year it appears that might actually be the case,” White told MMA Plus after the announcement of his fight. “Unlike others in UK MMA I’ve never hand picked my opponents, like I’ve always said I’m just here to fight and have fun. Success is temporary in this industry so I’ll just ride whatever wave is in front of me.
“This goes to show what hard work and having a professional mindset can achieve and I also have a great team behind me. My record isn’t the best, it gets commented on quite often, but if you break it down I’m a pretty successful WW at 9-3. My losses over the years have come from some top guys and each loss has helped me grow as a fighter, which is a key factor in where I am now.”
However, in Matt Inman (20-9), White faces arguably the toughest opposition of his eight-year professional career. SBG Manchester’s Inman has been a huge part of the Cage Warriors’ 170lb division over the past 12 months. The Mancunian has won three of his last four fights, with his lone loss an unsuccessful attempt at the Cage Warriors welterweight title, losing to the heavily revered Karl Amoussou.
Bouncing back with a hearty performance over Brad Wheeler at Cage Warriors 84, a win for Inman in Wales could put him back into title contention once again.
Matt Inman vs Craig White (welterweight)
Ross Houston vs Aaron Khalid (welterweight)
Scott Clist vs Richard Williams (lightweight)
Phil Raeburn vs Aiden Lee (featherweight)
Martin McDonough vs Martin Sheridan (bantamweight)
Josh Ellis vs Lawrence Tracey (lightweight)
Jason Jenkins vs Chris Saunders (bantamweight)
Shaun Luther vs Mason Jones (lightweight)
PLUS: Jack Shore vs TBC