This Saturday, December 11th, 2021, Cage Warriors puts on its second card of the week. This eight-fight card features two title bouts and undefeated amateur champion turned pro Mike Figlak. In this Cage Warrior 132 Betting Pick, we’ll take a close look at each of the ten fights and produce our top betting pick.
?Your #CW132 main event between Dominique Wooding and Carlos Abreu for the Cage Warriors bantamweight title is filled with bad blood!
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 10, 2021
Currently, none of these fights have prop bets of any kind, so we’ll be looking at the moneylines for each fighter, their stats, and fight history. Let’s kick it off with the main event.
Dominique Wooding vs Carlos Abreu
This fight for the CW Bantamweight title is five rounds. Wooding is the #222 Bantamweight worldwide, while Carlos is #55 in Brazil.
Abreu is a popular fighter in Brazil, rising up through the local ranks with a number of submission wins sprinkled into a decision heavy career.
Tale of the Tape for Wooding vs Abreu
|Fighter||Dominique Wooding||Carlos Abreu|
Wooding has won each of his fights via knockout blow. Carlos has been finished with knockouts twice, once via a body shot in 2016.
It’s also notable that Wooding trains at Great Britain’s Top Team, a gym that is quickly growing in quality.
I see a big win for Dominique Wooding. Abreau has the submission skills to finish the fight, but he’s still with a fairly small team that boasts no champions of any organization.
Sam Creasey vs Luke Shanks
This fight is for the CW Flyweight Championship and is five rounds. Creasey is the #1 Irish flyweight, while Shanks is the #4 Irish Flyweight. In the last matchup, Sam defeated Shanks via guillotine.
Creasy is on a four fight winning streak after a 2019 knockout loss.
Tale of the Tape for Creasey vs Shanks
|Fighter||Sam Creasey||Luke Shanks|
Shanks defeated Samir Faiddine in 2020, a fighter that knocked out Creasey in 2019 giving him his last loss. It’s clear that Shanks has the skills to do it.
Neither fighter trains at an elite-level gym, though there are few in Ireland’s local scene.
Fight Tape from Creasey vs Shanks 1
Shanks was winning the first fight with Creasey, but has clear holes in his wrestling and defensive striking games.
I see Shanks winning this bout, changing strategies and accessing some of his weaknesses.
Jamie Richardson vs Leonardo Damiani
This welterweight bout is scheduled for three rounds. Richardson has gone 1-2 of his last three. Damiani is coming off a loss to the undefeated AJ Fletcher in the Contender Series.
This fight ended a five fight winning streak that included three finishes.
Leonardo has dominated the local Italian scene, but has had repeated trouble stepping into bigger organizations.
Tale of the Tape for Richardson vs Damiani
|Fighter||Jamie Richardson||Leonardo Damiani|
There is little we can see other than that Damiani has been defeated by TKO and Jamie has been defeated by Submission, Damiani defeated Aaron Khalid via decision in 2020. Aaron is a fighter that submitted Jamie by RNC in the first round in 2018.
Richardson is still with Force MMA, a team he’s been with for years. While his grappling will improve with age, he seems to have little defensive or offensive wrestling.
I see a Damiani submission victory, and a $1.05 payout on a former DWCS fighter seems like a steal.
Mateusz Figlak vs Kent Kauppinen
Kauppinen is a massive Middleweight making his way back to Cage Warriors after a 2-1 run in Bellator. Kent is also a pro boxer with a 4-7 record.
?Mateusz Figlak is back in action tomorrow night at #CW132!
?Can he end his 2021 on a five-fight win streak or will Kent Kauppinen hand him a loss? pic.twitter.com/Lemmfqk1qz
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) December 10, 2021
Mateusz is th other Figlak brother. He was the CW amatuer champion with a 4-0 record, and he’s only lost one fight for CW as a pro.
Tale of the Tape for Figlak vs Kauppinen
|Fighter||Mateusz Figlak||Kent Kauppinen|
Kent has more career finishes and has fought tougher opponents. He’s also been active since 2009 as a pro, so he was 18 for his pro debut.
Figlak has a more impressive record, and a stronger winning streak, though none of the fighters he’s faced to date are anything like Kent. Kent defeated the UFC’s Alessio Sakara and went toe to toe with Melvin Manhoeff.
I sense a major upset. Kent is very physical and Figlak is on the small side for Middleweight. We could see a fight where he gets pushed around more than expected.
I’m keeping it a light bet, but I’ll be putting money on Kent Kauppinen.
Mike Figlak vs Stevie McIntosh
Mike is undefeated and going up against the #35 Lightweight in Ireland, McIntosh. Figlak was the Raged UK champion in 2019 but is yet to defend the belt. He’s racked up four finishes over six professional bouts.
McIntoshis 4-1 over his last five fights, each win resulting in a finish.
Tale of the Tape for Figlak vs Mcintosh
|Fighter||Mike Figlak||Stevie McIntosh|
|Record||6-0||7-2, 1 NC|
McIntosh has more experience and more finishes. The only question for who to bet on in this fight is, how is Figlak’s submission defense and grappling?
Figlak doesn’t have the same intensity as McIntosh. He steps slowly into the pocket, and he’ll need to work to make it inside Stevie’s range.
Figlak is muscular, but not necessarily a good grappler.
I’m calling it a bad night for the Figlak brothers. I see Stevie taking home a submission or decision victory.
Aaron Aby vs Samir Faiddine
This flyweight bout features one of the only men to beat the CW flyweight champion, Samir Faiddine. He’s up against Aaron Aby, #9 Flyweight in Ireland.
Aby is coming off a loss to the champion, Sam Creasey, while Samir is coming off a loss to the challenger, Luke Shanks.
Tale of the Tape for Aby vs Faiddine
|Fighter||Aaron Aby||Samir Faiddine|
Aby has more finishes on record, but many of the French regional bouts Samir is a part of were not properly recorded.
Samir has fought tougher opponent’s, and he’s fought tougher fighters over the last ten bouts, such as the ACB’s Khamzat Dzhabraliov and Carlos Mota.
It is impressive that Aby is making his debut while battling a life-threatening disease.
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) December 10, 2021
Fight Team Comparison
Samir trains at MMA Force in France, a team with dozens of pros at the highest level, including Ciryl Gane, who’s been undefeated in the UFC.
Aaron doesn’t train alongside any notable fighters. The MMA Academy in Whales is only three years old. Samir has a serious training advantage.
Final Betting Pick
I see Samir winning this fight on every level. He’s better on the ground and standing, and he has better conditioning coaches. He’ll have sparring partners that are more equipped to emulate his opponent, and he’s beaten tougher competition, where if Aby were to win, it would be his biggest win to date.
Aidan Stephen vs Edward Walls
Our 140 Catchweight prelim pits the #3 Nordic Featherweight vs the #10 Irish Featherweight.
Both fighters are coming off of losses.
Tale of the Tape for Stephen vs Walls
|Fighter||Aidan Stephen||Edward Walls|
This is another closely matched fight that comes down to the team. SBG Moray is an offshoot of one of the better teams in Ireland.
Walls trains at a Finish school that is having trouble finding its place in the MMA world. Walls is the most decorated fighter at his gym.
Edward has lost to multiple fighters that are below Aidan’s level, including his last loss to Steve Aimable.
Paull McBain vs Konmon Deh
The first fight of the evening is between two featherweights coming off of losses. McBain lost his last two via submission. Konmon has displayed some submission skill, but has also lost to more effective grapplers.
Tale of the Tape for McBain vs Deh
|Fighter||Paull McBain||Konmon Deh|
We should see an exciting bout. Konmon is the underdog, but he’s beaten Aiden Lee in 2016, one of the two men to beat McBain.
He could just be getting old. He also doesn’t have a home gym on record.
Cage Warriors 132 Betting Pick Wrap Up
If you’re new to MMA betting, check out our betting guide to help you navigate winning your first few bets. With lesser known cards, I like to spread my bets out evenly, looking to capitalize on as many fights as possible. I find that you’ll win more often if you don’t get attached to the idea of ‘big wins’ but rather, seek as many small wins as you can accumulate. Good luck sports bettors!