By George Willoughby
After putting on a sensational showing back in December to win the bantamweight title, Jack Shore is back in action.
Shore will be battling it out in the cage with the dangerous Scott Malone who heads into the bout on a seven fight win streak. After losing his first fight, Malone has responded brilliantly. He possesses knockout power, whilst being accomplished with submissions making him a tough matchup for any fighter.
Jack Shore, who is undefeated with 10 wins and no losses, has to be extremely confident within himself to secure another victory. His flawless performance last time out showed as to why he is deserving of the belt, and extending his reign as championship will be his number one priority.
However, there can be no room for complacency as the world of Mixed Martial Arts is unforgiving. One mistake and you can be on the receiving end of a defeat which always has implications for future fights.
Throughout the short career of the 24-year old, he has remained composed and now with the added pressure of defending his title for the first time, he will have to ensure that mentally he stays relaxed. Winning the belt is one thing, but one of the most critical aspects of being a champion is defending it.
It poses a whole different challenge as you are the number one, and fighters always have that extra element of motivation to get to the top.
Although he will not need any, Shore has some added incentive for the fight given Scott Malone comfortably defeated his teammate Josh Reed within minutes of the first round at Cage Warriors 100.
The performances of Jack Shore is really putting Wales on the MMA map, and the sport is flourishing with young talent showing great promise. Other notable fighters at Cage Warriors 104 are Mason Jones and Aaron Khalid who will flying the flag high for Wales.
Having the home crowd behind all the Welsh fighters will certainly be an added boost, with a hostile atmosphere expected.
Can Shore defend his bantamweight crown? Find out on the 27th April where Cage Warriors is returning to Cardiff at the Viola Arena.