In 2010, Kerry Hughes weighed over 18 stone and sat working a sedentary job for most of the day. On November 25th 2017, after winning BCMMA amateur and professional titles, she’ll face ex-UFC fighter Cindy Dandois in front of thousands in the Lotto Arena, Antwerp at CW89.
If ever there was proof that a change in mindset can change your life, it’s Kerry Hughes’ story. In a matter of years, she’s turned herself into one of the most exciting MMA prospects on the European scene, as has the chance to prove she belongs on the world stage this November 25th against Cindy Dandois.
Kerry used take life day by day, caught in a rut of unhealthy habits which sapped her energy and left her with little motivation. One day she decided to change, and over the coming years became increasingly fitter through dedicated gym routines and diet plans. But after a while she hit a wall. The routines became boring and too predictable. How could she continue to chase her goals in an even more demanding environment?
The answer was MMA.
After years of gruelling training and learning the vast amount of skills needed to step into the octagon, Kerry’s head coach Jack Mason put her in for her first MMA fight at 66kgs, and she’s since gone on to win BCMMA amateur and professional bantamweight titles.
The fight above displays Hughes’ deadly striking skills, which Cindy Dandois will have to be wary of during their bout at CW89. Dandois comes into the fight as the more decorated fighter on paper and boasts and impressive ground game, which makes this an exciting fight that could go either way.
The fight will take place during Cage Warriors 89, the biggest MMA event ever to be held in Belgium. Welterweight Champion Karl Amoussou will face ex-UFC fighter Dominique Steele for the belt, and the vacant Heavyweight Title is on the line when the Italian Mauro Cerilli faces Dutchman Nills Van Noord. These two title fights top a massive card, when Belgium’s Donovan Desmae clashes with submission specialist Aiden Lee, and Ayton de Paepe faces Welsh super-prospect Jack Shore.
See below for full fight card details and how to buy tickets for this monumental event.
CAGE WARRIORS 89: CONFIRMED BOUTS
Pro Card (8pm UK time):
Karl Amoussou vs Dominique Steele (Cage Warriors Welterweight title)
Nills van Noord vs Mauro Cerilli (Cage Warriors Heavyweight title)
Cindy Dandois vs Kerry Hughes (140lb catchweight bout)
Tommy Depret vs John Maguire (lightweight bout)
Jack Shore vs Ayton De Paepe (featherweight bout)
Pro Prelims (6pm UK time):
Mathias Lodahl vs Sameer Alekozai (featherweight bout)
Massai Sant’Anna vs Artur Szczepaniak (welterweight bout)
Leon Jansen vs Jan Quaeyhaegens (welterweight bout)
Aiden Lee vs Donovan Desmae (lightweight bout)
Chico Martinez vs Ben Dandois (middleweight bout)
Anthony Lambrechts vs Robin Put (welterweight bout)
Youssef Addib vs Jens De Vries (featherweight bout)
Kevin Michelsen vs Nurullah Sikier (lightweight bout)
Viktor Stassijns vs Kim Chrestensen (welterweight bout)
Luigi Da Costa Gomez vs Tomek Langowski (welterweight bout)
Geoffrey De Leenheer vs Ali Akbari (bantamweight bout)
Imrane Lamkaddam vs Danny Hogeling (middleweight bout)
Jordy Bakkes vs Steve Buyse (featherweight bout)
Edgar De Haan vs Alain Neder (middleweight bout)
Danilo Martinez vs Sean Teirbrood (lightweight bout)
Niels Leys vs Senol Yazici (featherweight bout)
Tickets for the event are available via the TeleTicketService website.