Finally, after a long wait, Cage Warriors 137 was presented on 27 May 2022 in Colchester, England, the first of two events scheduled from Cage Warriors MMA.
The 177-pound catch weightlifting match between former middleweight champion Matthew Bonner and France's Joel Kouadja was a thrilling affair.
Cage Warriors 137 Review
Bonner (11-7-1) will make a rapid change after an impressive win at CW 135 just two months ago and will be looking to win six of his last seven bouts against the Cage Warriors debutant. Kouadja (7-8) has been in the red fighting his hometown promotion 100% fight, winning five finals with six consecutive victories after falling 1-8 at the start of his career. The knockout artist is now looking for the biggest win of his career on the biggest stage, and the victory against the former middleweight champion of the promotion should tick both boxes. As far as Bonner is concerned, a win could put him back in line for the title shot, whether it means trying to regain his 185-pound crown or reducing it to 170 pounds, which he did. Signaled to return with middleweight leash.
The co-host event will feature an interesting bantamweight match between Romania's Bogdan Barbu and the Netherlands' Daan Duijs. The Duijs (7-1) is a proven finisher off his back, with three triangle square finishes on record (four if you include his amateur career), although he has proved even more deadly than the top control. He scored on the ground and in pounds. Numerous occasions. Barbu (17-12), meanwhile, prefers the striking game but has been willing to change levels when conditions require it throughout his career, so Friday's main event is likely to be But who can win the battle? Before fatigue starts.
Unbeaten Englishman Adam Cullen will also be seen competing on Friday, along with compatriots Shoaib Yousuf and Jack Dadames, the last two to make a successful promotional debut.
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Cage Warriors 137 Results
Joel Kouadja vs Matt Bonner 177lbs catchweight Bonner wins via submission (RNC) 3:44 round
Bogdan Barbu vs Daan Duijs bantamweight Duijs wins via submission (Triangle-Choke) 2:55 round 1
Arnaud Kherfallah vs Adam Cullen lightweight Cullen wins via submission (Anaconda choke) 1:21 round 1
Benoit Blanc vs Tanio Pagliariccio flyweight Pagliariccio wins via unanimous decision (29-27-30-26 30-26)
Shoaib Yousaf vs Michał Denis Folc 150lbs catchweight Yousaf wins via KO 2:37 round 1
Jack Dedames vs Omran Chaaban welterweight Chaaban wins via submission (Anaconda choke) 4:07 round 1