Joe McColgan (pictured, right) fights Mason Jones in a vacant lightweight championship bout at Cage Warriors 113 on March 20 in London | Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors

Cage Warriors is making lemonade out of lemons.

On Friday, the promotion announced that top lightweight contenders Mason Jones (8-0) and Joe McColgan (6-2-1) will fight next week at Cage Warriors 113 in London for a title that was vacated in the wake of incumbent champion Jai Herbert recently signing with the UFC.

Jones and McColgan were both originally scheduled to face different opponents, with Jones previously being booked to fight Danilo Belluardo, and McColgan to fight Rafael Macedo. However, Belluardo and Macedo have withdrawn from the card, leaving Jones and McColgan to be re-booked against one another.

In 2019, Jones went 2-0 with a pair of unanimous decision wins over Aleksi Mantykivi and Donovan Desmae, while McColgan also went undefeated, sandwiching a majority draw against Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar with first-round submissions of Robbie Scott and Aldo Cirillo.

Cage Warriors 113 takes place on March 20 at Indigo at the O2. The card now features three title fights, with Samir Faiddine defending his flyweight title against Luke Shanks, and Morgan Charriere fighting Darko Banovic for an interim featherweight title.

The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass.

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