Emphatic striking, cunning strategy, and resolute determination have proven Christian Leroy
Duncan (3-0) to be a formidable presence in the Cage Warriors middleweight division.
The Gloucester-born fighter has only amassed three fights since turning pro after a 17-6 amateur career, but he has already shown himself to be a significant threat to anyone in his weight class.
Duncan has won each and every one of his fights by knockout, and none of his excursions into
the Cage Warriors ring have ever seen the third round. While he has certainly impressed fans
with his technical striking and explosive power, it’s his analytical mindset and clear dedication
towards improvement that highlights him as a fierce and exciting prospect.
Trained by retired UFC middleweight and Cage Rage Champion Mark ‘The Wiz’ Weir, Duncan
has a cerebral outlook towards MMA. He claims that strategy and analysis should
be a key part of every fighter’s training, and has insisted on the importance of observing and
understanding his own flaws in order to reach new heights in the sport.
The 23-year-old brings a multifaceted skill-set to each of his fights, crediting his creative
footwork and athleticism to a youth spent training in basketball. Fans can certainly see this in
every one of his performances — it’s clear that the young prospect is partial to short, sharp
explosions of movement and power. The majority of Duncan’s pro fights have ended in the first
20 seconds of Round 2.
The undefeated fighter is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and he put his outstanding
defensive ground game on display in a fight against fellow Briton Kyle McClurkin (3-2). After
withstanding a flurry of submission attempts throughout most of the first round, Duncan was
able to transition into mount and land a barrage of heavy blows just before the buzzer. He
began the next round with a crippling elbow, and McClurkin was finished by the deluge of
punches that followed. Duncan won the fight because of his survivability and deep
understanding of MMA’s multiple disciplines.
Duncan’s short professional career has not been without controversy, however. Cage Warriors
120 saw him strip London-born fighter Will ‘Drago’ Currie (5-1) of his undefeated status in a surprising and contentious stoppage.
Duncan landed a spectacular knee in the second round, dropping Currie and forcing him to
defend from his back. The referee quickly rushed to intervene as Duncan followed up the attack,
peppering his opponent with a series of strikes. The fight was waved off, but many felt that the
stoppage was granted too early, as the submission-focused Currie appeared to be grabbing
hold of a single-leg just as the referee stepped in.
In their post-fight interviews, both fighters made it clear that they wanted the contest to be
repeated, and their requests were quickly granted.
The two will meet again this Thursday, June 24, at Cage Warriors 123 — just three months after their first outing.
The fight is surely to be a good one, not only due to the pair’s controversial first outing, but also thanks to both fighters’ status as top U.K. prospects looking to prove their mettle in the country’s top promotion, Cage Warriors.