Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Aliu vs Stewart?
Darren Stewart beat Leon Aliu by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of Cage Warriors 154, on Saturday 6th May 2023 at Fiera Roma in Rome.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Darren Stewart.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Aliu vs Stewart stats
Leon Aliu stepped into the octagon with a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Darren Stewart made his way to the cage with a record of 12 wins, 9 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Aliu had a slight advantage in power over Stewart, with a 60% knock out percentage over Stewart's 58%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Aliu had a massive advantage over Stewart, boasting at 40% submission rate over Stewart's 8%.
Leon Aliu was the older man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Aliu was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2016, 1 year and 10 months later than Stewart, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 34 less professional rounds, 22 to Stewart's 56.
Aliu vs Stewart form
Darren Stewart had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Guilherme Cadena at Cage Warriors 148 on 31st December 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at Indigo at the O2, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Mick Stanton at Cage Warriors 141 on 22nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, London, England.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Dustin Jacoby at UFC Vegas 35 on 28th August 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Enterprise, United States.
Before that, he had been beaten by Eryk Anders at UFC 263 on 12th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
He had been beaten by Eryk Anders at UFC Vegas 21 on 13th March 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Stewart's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Aliu vs Stewart?
Leon Aliu was a 6/5 (+120) underdog going into the contest, while Darren Stewart made his way into the ring at 8/13 (-160) with oddsmakers.