3 Talking Points From Cage Warriors 123

Cage Warriors 123

 

The first event of Cage Warriors’ latest Trilogy is over and MMA fans were treated to some incredible performances. The prelims started explosively, with all four fights ending in the first round. The main card was just as exciting, with the first semi-final of the flyweight tournament, a tense rematch, and the middleweight belt all on the line. In the following list, we detail three of the most notable talking point from Cage Warriors 123.

 

#3 Christian Leroy Duncan Leaves No Doubt

When Christian Leroy Duncan and Will Currie first faced off against one another, the result was contentious at best. Duncan landed a flying knee on Currie, before swarming him with a barrage of strikes, forcing Currie up against the fence. However, Currie was able to lock his hands around Duncan and began shooting for a double leg. Unfortunately, as Currie was in the process of doing so, the referee decided to step in and call the fight off. A rematch was immediately booked, and it did not fail to deliver.

This time it was the judges that had to the call, not the referee. Thankfully, Duncan made it a relatively clear-cut decision for them. Currie came out and had an incredibly dominant first round, utilizing his wrestling to land several takedowns. He nearly appeared to have Duncan in serious trouble at one point after locking on a heel hook. However, Duncan was able to escape and survived to the end of the round.

The fight’s momentum completely changed in the second and third rounds. Duncan was able to really get his striking going. A spinning elbow to the head saw Currie down momentarily and whilst he did recover, Duncan was in full control from point onwards. He picked up the unanimous decision victory and moves to 4-0.

 

#2 First Finalist of the Cage Warriors Flyweight Tournament

With the former Cage Warriors flyweight champion, Jake Hadley, relinquishing his belt in favor of taking a shot at Dana White’s Contender Series, the organization announced a flyweight tournament would be held. The first semi-final took place on the main card of Cage Warriors 123, between Sam ‘Urai’ Creasey and Aaron Aby.

Creasey is a Cage Warriors veteran who has already competed for the flyweight title twice in his career. Comparatively, Aby was making his debut for the promotion. The experience differential was immediately evident. Creasey dominated Aby in every aspect of the fight, out striking the Welshman on the feet, landing huge damage in the clinch, and literally throwing him around when the fight hit the mat.

 

Creasey will now compete against the winner of Luke Shanks vs. Nicolas Leblond. If he can replicate his performance against Aby in the final, one would be hard-pressed to bet against the Sam ‘Urai.’

 

#1 A New Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion

What a performance from Matthew Bonner. The former champ, Nathias Frederick, looked so dangerous throughout their fight, constantly causing Bonner trouble as soon as he let his hands fly. Bonner was having some success with his wrestling, but fatigue appeared to set in as the rounds wore on. In the fourth round, Frederick began landing heavy shots from the top, and the fight looked like it may be over. Shortly after it was, but not in the way that it initially appeared.

Bonner slipped out of Frederick’s grasp and was able to secure the back. Shortly after he locked in a rear-naked choke, which promptly forced the tap.

Few had picked Bonner to win this fight, with many already talking about a potential future for Frederick in the UFC. He was a considerable betting underdog further reinforcing this point. However, despite everything appearing to be stacked against him, Bonner came through and finished one of the most intimidating strikers in the entire Cage Warriors roster.

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