Cage Warriors 123 was a stunning viewing, with the prelims providing us with some exhilarating action ahead of the highly anticipated main card. Overall, we had nine bouts, with seven finishes, with each prelim ending inside the first round. Join us, as we take a look at the Cage Warriors 123 results and give our best takeaways from the show.
Cage Warriors 123 Results
Matthew Bonner def. Nathias Frederick via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 4 (4:16) – New Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion.
Christian Duncan def. Will Currie via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Liam Gittins def. Emrah Sonmez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 2 (4:38)
Sam Creasey def. Aaron Aby via Unanimous Decision (30-25 x2, 30-26)
Mick Stanton def. George Smith via TKO (Punches) – Round 2 (3:45)
Keir Harvie def. Manny Akpan via Submission (Arm-Triangle) – Round 1 (4:30)
Omeil Brown def. Joel Downey-Cave via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1 (2:56)
Adam Cullen def. Josh Plant via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 1 (1:42)
Rory Evans def. Jimmy Fell via KO (Punches) – Round 1 (2:10)
Cage Warriors 123 Takeaways
The Beast’s Hard Work Pays off to Finally Earn Gold
After facing several defeats early on in his career, in October 2019, Matthew Bonner held a record of four wins, five losses, and one draw. Now, not even two years later, he has ten wins to his name, with only six defeats. Let’s not forget, he’s also the new Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion for the first time ever!
When he lost to Jamie Richardson at Cage Warriors 113, a title-shot was slipping further and further away for Bonner. He never gave up and got exactly what he deserved with a submission victory over Nathias Frederick in the fourth round to win the belt.
In the early parts of the fight, Bonner used his grappling skills, by looking to control Frederick in the clinch and on the mat. It was a strong first two rounds for the challenger, with Frederick losing a point after throwing an illegal knee. The champ changed his ways and started to get on top in the third, releasing some of those nasty strikes we know he has in his locker. In the fourth, out of nowhere, Bonner found the back and pulled off the rear-naked to submit Frederick and become the new middleweight champion.
The Trilogy Between Duncan and Currie Is off the Table
Currie started off the stronger out of the two, with some quality grappling, which nearly saw him come away with a finish inside the first round. Duncan bounced back in the second round, and almost mirrored his first performance with a finish inside the second. He caught Currie with a stunning backward elbow to drop him to the canvas. Currie survived, but from there he didn’t look the same.
It appeared to be even going into the last, but Duncan took advantage and dominated the third to sway all three judges his way. It was the first time Duncan went the distance, with three TKO’s in his first three fights. He remains undefeated and a real prospect at 25 years of age in the middleweight division. If not next, it’s safe to say Duncan won’t be far off fighting for the title. Realistically, it should be Duncan against Bonner for the belt, with Kent Kauppinen the best potential challenger, and his fight against Justin Moore was canceled, so he still has more to prove.
Creasey Now One Win Away From Championship Glory
A dominating performance from Sam Creasey over Aaron Aby earned himself a shot at the vacant flyweight title against the winner of either Nicolas Leblond and Luke Shanks, who compete on Cage Warriors 124.
Creasey took the height and reach advantage in his stride by landing some powerful shots in the first round. In the second and third, he completely outclassed Aby with numerous takedowns and ground control. Every time Aby found his way to the feet, Creasey would throw him back down.
The Englishman won the bout via unanimous decision, in potentially the strongest performance of his career. Creasey looked unstoppable and if he performs like that, either Bouland or Shanks have a real tough task on their hands. On two occasions, Creasey has lost his shot at the title. Nathan Greyson and Samir Faiddine both defeated him for the belt. As the famous saying goes, third time lucky, but if Creasey performs as he did at Cage Warriors 123, he won’t need luck. Give us your thoughts on the Cage Warriors 123 results below!
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