FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Nicolas Dalby
By Dan McConnell
There was a lot going on this weekend in the world of MMA, a lot of action, the usual talking points about how amazing a knockout or submission that just happened before our very eyes!
At Cage Warriors 106 this weekend, I especially signed up to UFC Fight Pass platform just to watch the excellent Cage Warriors Night Of Champions card at London’s Apollo arena. Six title fights were on the line, with potential stars expected to get the call up to mixed martial arts premiere organisation in the UFC.
In the main event it was former UFC Welterweight and now current Cage Warriors title challenger Nicolas Dalby, who grabbed the award this week for me. You may be wonder ‘but the Houston v Dalby headliner ended in a draw?’
Dalby didn’t win the contest but was ahead on the judges score cards when the fight was called. It was more the back story, that we heard from Journalist Peter Carroll on the lead up to this fight in the eye of Denmark’s Dalby and the tough road he faced leading up to Saturday night.
The title challenger was certainly the more convincing man, beating champion Ross Houston on arguably all three of the rounds that the contest lasted. His struggle with depression and being overweight from his UFC release, showed the character of the great Dane.
“I think a lot of people, with the doubts I had, they would’ve given up. I was overweight, I hadn’t been training for a long time, it would have been easier to seek out a new career in photography, customer support or whatever,” he said after backstage.
Going 0-1-3 in his UFC run, after switching from Cage Warriors to the UFC in 2014 was something that has never left the Welterweight. With his release and return to Cage Warriors in 2018, Dalby lost his first fight to Carlos Pedersoli and thought he was finished for good. He strongly considered retirement just at the age of 33, which for an MMA fight is very young…
Bouncing back with three victories in a row, two by KO and one by submission was simply incredible. Th Danish-fighter’s recent performance on Saturday night in London that showed the heart, grit and determination he had to get back to the top. Nothing else matters.
“I hope that when my daughter becomes a woman and she’s her own person, this journey will make an impression on her. I hope that she will know that it’s okay to feel bad and if you really want to do something, don’t stop chasing it and never give up until you get it.” he said.
The fight was ruled a no contest, due to the surface deemed unsafe. Something referee Marc Goddard never experienced but expertly dealt with. The ‘never say die’ attitude Dalby and Houston provided, really showed how much winning the Cage Warriors 170-pound title was and the spring-board into mixed martial arts most prestigious organisation.
The action over, Houston and Dalby climbed to the top of the fence together, receiving a standing ovation from the Apollo atmosphere.
Dalby who is the people’s champion from Saturday, surely deserves a call-up and redemption at giving the UFC 170-pound division another rattle! With the organisation coming to Denmark, Copenhagen for the very first time on Saturday the 28th of September. There is no doubt ‘Lokomotivo’ has been turning the cogs and impressed many, and could be the face of Scandinavian MMA with Alexander Gustafsson’s recent retirement.
If Cage Warriors decided to run this one back, then it is more than fair. Nicolas Dalby deserves to be fighting in the UFC, the character and skill shown on Saturday night has crowned him the FightPost MMA Fighter Of The Week!