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Cage Warriors middleweight champion Christian Leroy Duncan signs with UFC, will debut at UFC 286

Cage Warriors 136 - Manchester Photo by Kieran Riley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Another English championship-caliber mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Christian Leroy Duncan (7-0) was supposed to headline Cage Warriors 148 on Dec. 31, 2022, against former UFC fighter and two-time The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant, Jesse Taylor; however, Taylor was involved in a hit-and-run incident that sent him to the hospital, and unfortunately, the fight was canceled.

Ultimately the canceled fight was a massive disappointment for Duncan because it would have been the second defense of his Middleweight title against a UFC veteran. However, the disappointment quickly turned to excitement as less than 24 hours after the news of the fight cancelation, he got the news that he is now a UFC fighter.

The 27-year-old broke the news of his signing on the Cage Warriors 148 broadcast.

“At this time, I think we’ve made a decision. I’ll be handing this belt back to Cage Warriors, and next year, 2023, London, March, I’ll be looking to make my UFC debut in London,” Duncan said.

Duncan is a top prospect out of the United Kingdom and has a lot of hype behind him. He is the latest Cage Warriors champion to move to UFC. Duncan is undefeated, finishing six of his seven fights (five of them via knockout).

Check out his spinning elbow finish from Nov. 2022:

Duncan’s debut will come at UFC 286, which will take place on March 18, 2023, inside O2 Arena in London, England.

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