Ryan Shelley vs Magdi Gereev Set for Cage Warriors 135

Breaking: Ryan Shelley vs Magdi Gereev Set for Cage Warriors 135

A featherweight fight between Ireland’s Ryan Shelley (3-0) and Dagestan’s Magdi Gereev (2-0) is set to take place at Cage Warriors 135 on Friday, April 1 in Manchester’s BEC Arena. Multiple sources with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the news to MyMMANews.com.

Ryan Shelley trains out of Team KF in Dublin, alongside his older brother Adam, and under the tutelage of former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Chris Fields. The 25-year-old is a former Taekwondo world champion and WAKO kickboxing world champion, bringing an accomplished striking arsenal to his MMA game.

The Whitehall native went 5-1 as an amateur across 2019 and 2020, before transitioning to the pro ranks in 2021. Shelley quickly amassed an unblemished 3-0 record, finishing all his fights within 2 rounds. Intriguingly, the decorated striker finished his first two fights via submission, and in his most recent fight vs Paolo Vista, Shelley used his grappling to set up the TKO finish from the back. In December 2021, Shelley signed a multi-fight deal with Cage Warriors, as the organisation listed him in a list of 21 new signings.

Magdi Gereev is a Dagestani fighter who trains out of Manchester Top Team under head coach Carl Prince. Gereev’s amateur career started in 2016 with some adversity, going 2-3-1 in his first 6 fights. However, Gereev rebounded with a sensational 1st-round spinning heel kick KO to return to winning ways, and he hasn’t lost since. The now 24-year-old fighter turned pro in 2021, and like Shelley, won his first two fights via submission. Most recently, Gereev made light work of Sam Whiteley (0-2), though Shelley will be his most experienced pro opponent to date.

Cage Warriors 135 takes place on Friday 1st April and will be broadcast LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.

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Andy Stevenson is an MMA writer, interviewer, and occasional podcaster based in Dublin, Ireland.