Europe’s biggest MMA promotion, Cage Warriors, returns in June for another trilogy series! Over the following week, the promotion announced 13 fights to compete on the events between June 24th through June 26th. Here, we take a look at the first fights announced for the upcoming Cage Warriors trilogy.
Cage Warriors 123 – Thursday 24th June
Nathias Frederick (9-2-1) vs Matthew Bonner (9-6-1) – Middleweight Title
Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion Nathias Frederick defends his title for the second time after knocking out Jamie Richardson in December’s Cage Warriors trilogy. Frederick won his title when he finished James Webb in November 2019 at Cage Warriors 111.
Matthew Bonner fights for the middleweight title for the first time after an impressive victory over Webb at the last Cage Warriors trilogy in March. Bonner’s impressive three-fight win streak has earned him a title shot against Frederick.
Christian Duncan (3-0) vs Will Currie (5-1) II
The two middleweights face off again after a controversial ending to their first bout back in March’s Cage Warriors trilogy. Christian Duncan caught Will Currie with a stunning knee at the start of the second round, which wobbled Currie but he continued to fight. Currie was grabbing the legs of Duncan whilst getting hit in the face and then the referee called a halt, which seemed way too early.
Both fighters are still prospects in the middleweight division, with Duncan taking Currie’s undefeated record. If Currie takes this victory, we could see a potential third fight between the pair on the next trilogy.
Sam Creasey (13-3) vs Aaron Aby (11-3-1)
Former flyweight title challenger Sam Creasey returns to the cage to face promotional newcomer Aaron Aby. Creasey has lost both of his shots at the Cage Warriors flyweight title when he was finished by Nathan Greyson and Samir Faiddine. He’s currently on a two-fight win streak with impressive performances over Nicolas Leblond and Adam Amarasinghe.
Aby was signed by Cage Warriors after impressing outside of the promotion. He’s unbeaten in his last five bouts, and his last defeat came in 2016 on a unanimous decision against Andy Young. Aby has competed in the likes of ACB, Probellum, and UK Fighting Championship.
Liam Gittins (6-2) vs Emrah Sonmez (11-3)
Liam Gittins was defeated in March’s Cage Warriors trilogy when the referee called a stop to the bout against Brian Bouland after 52 seconds. Gittins wasn’t best pleased about the stoppage and will look to rejuvenate his career in June.
Emrah Sonmez makes his third appearance in the promotion. He lost on a unanimous decision to Aidan Stephen at Cage Warriors 117. His only Cage Warriors victory came in December 2019 against Daryl Golding.
Mick Stanton (6-6) vs George Smith (5-2)
Mick Stanton looks to avoid a negative record in his next bout. 2020 was a disaster year for Stanton, losing all three bouts he appeared in. His last victory came in November 2019, when he submitted Michael Younis at Cage Warriors 109.
George Smith looks to bounce back from his defeat against Bonner at Cage Warriors 114. Smith won his first two fights in the promotion when joining in 2019.
Adam Wilson (5-1) vs Josh Reed (11-5)
Welshman Josh Reed first competed in Cage Warriors in 2014 as a professional and makes his 14th appearance in the promotion in June. His last victory came at March’s Cage Warriors trilogy against Bryan Creighton.
Josh Plant (2-4) vs Adam Cullen (1-0)
Cage Warriors 124 – Friday 25th June
Aleksi Mantykivi (13-6) vs Madars Fleminas (8-3)
Aleksi Mantykivi returns to the cage after last competing in October 2019 where he was defeated on a unanimous decision to new UFC prospect Mason Jones. He’s lost his only other fight in the promotion to Jack Grant when he was finished in the first round.
Madars Fleminas competed in the March’s Cage Warriors trilogy against Grant. The Latvian was submitted in the second round to hand him his third loss in his last four fights.
Jesse Urholin (6-0) vs Aaron Khalid (10-6-1)
Jesse Urholin makes his Cage Warriors debut after impressing in his home country Finland. Urholin has five finishes in his six professional fights.
Edward Walls (10-5) vs Steve Aimable (15-8)
Edward Walls is another newcomer coming from Finland to join the promotion. He’s won his last two fights in the Finnish promotion Cage.
Steve Aimable defeated Tom Mearns in the Cage Warrior trilogy in December with a first-round finish. He looks to go back on a winning streak after losing three fights in a row before the victory over Mearns.
Nicolas Leblond (6-3) vs Luke Shanks (7-2)
Nicolas Leblond came away with one of the most stunning knockouts in the March’s Cage Warriors trilogy over Darren O’Gorman.
Former Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion Luke Shanks returns after losing his title to Jake Hadley in December. Shanks won the title in his fight before Hadley by beating Faiddine on a unanimous decision.
David Bear (9-1) vs Justin Burlinson (5-0)
Justin Burlinson finally makes his Cage Warriors debut after being ruled out of his previous fight against Khalid due to him being stuck in his Bellator contract.
Cage Warriors 125 – Saturday 26th June
Adam Amarasinghe (6-3) vs Serdar Altas (4-1)
Adam Amarasinghe returns for his eighth fight in the promotion. He lost in the Cage Warriors trilogy in December against Creasey.
Serdar Altas makes his promotional debut after impressing in the Swedish promotion Superior Challenge. He’s finished three of his four victories.
Which of the current fights announced are you most looking forward to on the upcoming Cage Warriors trilogy? Let us know in the comments below.
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