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Cage Warriors 94 ‘Bouland vs. Topuria’ Preview



This Saturday sees Cage Warriors return to Antwerp in Belgium where the promotion will crown a new Bantamweight champion.

The Bantamweight title currently has no home, following former champion, Nathaniel Wood, vacating the title after making the step up to the UFC.

In the main event of the evening, Belgian fighter and hometown hero, Brian Bouland looks to capture the that very title on home soil against Ilia Topuria.

Bouland comes into the fight as the slight favourite, as he is the hometown hero with a 7-1 record consisting of four TKOs and three submissions, and is currently on a two fight win streak.

Topuria, meanwhile, comes in with a 5-0 record with a 100% submission rate, which could prove a problem for Boulland, as a ground and pound fight plan may put him in danger of getting caught in a submission.

Also on the main card, Erdi Karatas takes on promising British fighter Jai Herbert in a lightweight contest.

Karatas comes into the contest with a 9-4 record, with seven wins coming via stoppage, but has a huge hole in his submission defence, with all four of his losses coming via submission.

Herbert meanwhile comes in with a 5-1 record and makes his promotional debut after jumping from BAMMA to Cage Warriors. He also holds a 100% finishing record with four wins coming via KO/TKO and the fifth coming via submission.

This fight is shaping up to be one that is very hard to predict with both men needing the win if they hope to challenge for the lightweight title in the future.

In another lightweight contest, Donovan Desmae takes on Hubert Geven in a fight that could produce the next challenger for the Lightweight title.

Desmae comes into this event as a hometown hero, with his 11-4 record and a two fight win streak that he will be hoping to extend to three in his quest to get into the Lightweight title picture.

Desmae has a strong record of finishing opponents as well as strong cardio, which could prove a problem for the 11-3 Geven who will be making his promotional debut.

Geven has a three fight win streak coming into Antwerp and extending that to four fights will be pivotal in getting into the title picture.

The featherweight division will also be on display at Cage Warriors 94, as Samir Alekozie takes on Krzysztof Klaczek.

Klaczek has taken this fight on short notice after Dean Trueman suffered an injury ruling him out of fighting on the card, so this could be the polish fighters shortcut to title contention.

He faces a tough opponent in Alekozie though, who won impressively in Cage Warriors last venture into Belgium, and he must know a win at this event will propel him into the Featherweight title picture.

Jan Quaeyhaegens takes on Phil Mulpeter in a Welterweight contest, and with the division being as stacked as it is, this is a must win for both fighters if they want to get anywhere near the Welterweight title.

‘Q-bomb’ is another top Belgian fighter on the card who will want to put on a show for his home crowd, and go 7-3 in the process.

Mulpeter meanwhile comes in 8-5 and will look to go two fights unbeaten, and with both men having the ability to finish fights, this could be a very interesting contest.

So, what do you think about Cage Warriors 94? Who do you have winning the bantamweight title? Tweet me @Cobleyreporting and get the conversation going.

Kieran Cobley is currently studying at Leeds Trinity University in the UK for a degree in Sports Journalism and hails from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. After obtaining his degree, he hopes to become a full time MMA journalist and be regarded as one of the best. Cobley has years of MMA experience for his young age, primarily in Taekwondo and kickboxing, which he took up at age 7. Kieran currently writes for FightBooth, producing previews and reviews of MMA cards on the British scene.

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