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Who won Bonner vs Stewart?
Darren Stewart beat Matthew Bonner by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main event of Cage Warriors 156, on Saturday 1st July 2023 at Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff.
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).
Bonner vs Stewart stats
Matthew Bonner stepped into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Darren Stewart made his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 9 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Stewart had a large advantage in power over Bonner, boosting at 57% knock out percentage over Bonner's 36%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Bonner had a large advantage over Stewart, boasting at 36% submission rate over Stewart's 7%.
Matthew Bonner was the same age as Darren Stewart, at 32 years old.
Bonner had a height advantage of 2 inches over Stewart.
Bonner's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Stewart's, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2017, 2 year and 11 months later than Stewart, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 11 more professional rounds, 66 to Stewart's 55.
Bonner vs Stewart form
Matthew Bonner had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Nathias Frederick at Cage Warriors 123 on 24th June 2021 by in the 4th round in their Cage Warriors Middleweight championship fight at York Hall, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Matt Inman at Cage Warriors 118 on 11th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at York Hall, London, England.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Madars Fleminas at Cage Warriors 101 on 16th February 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.
Before that, he had lost to Mark O Madsen at Cage Warriors Academy Denmark 2 on 15th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark.
He had drawn with Tim Barnett at Cage Warriors 96 on 1st September 2018 by majority draw in their 3 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, England.
Darren Stewart had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 11 on 19th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Maki Pitolo at UFC Vegas 6 on 8th August 2020 by submission in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Bartosz Fabi ski at Cage Warriors 113 on 20th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at BEC Arena, Manchester, England.
Before that, he had defeated Deron Winn at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at TD Garden, Boston, United States.
He had lost to Edmen Shahbazyan at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on 30th November 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Pearl at the Palms, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Darren Stewart had been fighting more than Matthew Bonner.
Going to this contest, Matthew Bonner had last fought 2 years, 3 months and 6 days ago, while Darren Stewart's last outing had been 3 years and 11 days ago.
Bonner's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Stewart's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 10 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Bonner vs Stewart?
Matthew Bonner was a 13/10 (+130) underdog going into the contest, while Darren Stewart made his way into the ring at 8/13 (-160) with oddsmakers.