Cage Warriors 94 – Preview

The much lauded Cage Warriors promotion invades Belgium this weekend as Brian Bouland looks to become the first Belgian champion when he takes on Ilia Topuria for the vacant Bantamweight championship

14 bouts are scheduled for Cage Warriors 94 as the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium hosts a night of pro and amateur mixed martial arts from Europe’s most recognisable organisation.

The Main Event

Brian Bouland (7-1) has put the Cage Warriors bantamweight division on notice since joining the promotion in September of last year.

With two big KO finishes in his Cage Warriors stint thus far, he is hoping to make it a hat trick of victories this Saturday night which would also earn him the top prize of the 135lb belt around his waist.

The heavy handed Bouland has finished 4 of his 8 opponents and has showcased some exquisite boxing to date and is hoping to give the home fans something to cheer about.

In his way is Spaniard Ilia Topuria (5-0) who has aspirations of his own and is looking to silence the Antwerp crowd with a victory over Bouland.

With five submission victories, a classic duel of striker and grappler is on the menu and could make for an interesting spectacle.

Topuria makes the drop to bantamweight for the first time and is hoping that his powerful takedowns can play a big factor in his upcoming bout.

The Rest of the Card

Irish involvement on the night comes from Phillip Mulpeter (8-5) who takes on Jan Quaeyhaegens in a welterweight contest.

“The Honeybadger” returns to Cage Warriors for the first time in 4 years and opening the main card, the SBG Ireland fighter will certainly be looking to impress and catch they eye of fans and pundits alike.

Elsewhere on the preliminary portion of the card, Northern Ireland fighter Leah McCourt (0-1) returns after a year to earn her first professional win of her career.

She takes on Manon Fiorot (0-0) in a catchweight contest. Fiorot makes her professional debut with an amateur record of (3-2). It’s a contest that will suit both women and is certainly one to keep an eye on as to who will emerge as the next big prospect in the CW 145lbs division.

Cage Warriors 94 Card

Main Card (8pm BST – UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport 1)

Brian Bouland vs Ilia Topuria (Bantamweight Title Fight)

Erdi Karatas vs Jai Herbert – Lightweight

Donovan Desmae vs Hubert Geven – Lightweight

Sameer Alekozai vs Krzysztof  Klaczek – Featherweight

Jan Quaeyhaegens vs Phil Mulpeter – Welterweight

 

Pro Prelims (6pm – Cage Warriors Facebook Page)

Maarten Wouters vs Angelo Rubino – Welterweight

Cory McKenna vs Eva Dourthe – Strawweight

Leah McCourt vs Manon Fiorot – Catchweight 138lbs

Tonny Van Dijk vs Tomek Langowski – Welterweight

Salvatore Liga vs Hasan Gulmez – Catchweight 150lbs

 

Amateur card (Not Televised)

Anthony Lambrechts vs Magomed Gudanton

James Vandergheyst vs Jorn Sjaardema

Tarik Jaaidi vs Melroy Ramautar

Clint Koolen vs Giovanni Dubois

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