After a night off on Thursday, the MMA weekend picks back up again on Friday afternoon (U.S. time) with UK-based promotion Cage Warriors kicking off a banner weekend of action in London, beginning with a championship doubleheader in Cage Warriors 141.
Friday’s Cage Warriors 141 (main card 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT, UFC Fight Pass following undercard at 12:30 pm ET/ 9:30 am PT) is a most-auspicious night for the promotion, which will commemorate its 20th anniversary with this show.
Barring any unforeseen postponements, Cage Warriors 141 will feature a packed 15-fight card, including two title fights at the top of the card, starting with a battle for the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship.
Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship On The Line During Cage Warriors 141
As with all title fights in MMA, this contest for the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship will be an advertised maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
One note before we progress: Atypically, this fight will not be the co-main event of the evening, but rather it will directly precede the co-main event.
Cage Warriors Flyweight 141 Fighter Comparison
Heading into the first half of Friday’s championship doubleheader, challenger Dylan Hazan is the taller man, standing at 5-foot-7, compared to the 5-foot-6 frame of titleholder Sam Creasey.
Hazan owns a 66.9-inch reach, with no such information available for Creasey ahead of this title bout.
Sam Creasey Enters Cage Warriors 141 Looking to Make Good on First Defense of Flyweight Championship
Sam Creasey enters the fight for the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship having posted a 4-1 record in his last five fights, seeing his four-fight winning streak snapped on Dec. 11 of last year at the hands of Luke Shanks during the Cage Warriors 132 co-main event.
Initially, that fight was to have been a rematch for the flyweight title, but at the weigh-ins the day before the card, Shanks failed to make the 125-lb. maximum weight for a championship fight.
As a result of Shanks’ weight miss, that co-main event still progressed as scheduled, albeit as a three-round non-title contest.
Sam Creasey has held the championship for over nine months going into Cage Warriors 141 on Friday night and still has yet to make his first defense of the strap, but he said in an episode of The Danny Batten Fight Show earlier this spring that he was thankful to have gotten some time off.
“I always hope to be on every card, to be quite honest.” Creasey said with a laugh. “I think my body could have done with a bit of rest.”
Creasey’s gotten approximately seven and a half months to rest up and train for Friday night’s bout, as well as the controversies surrounding the rivalry against Luke Shanks, with Danny Batten asking the champion point blank why the December rematch with Shanks was even so much as booked to have taken place.
Now, with a clean break from Luke Shanks, can Sam Creasey finally make good in his first defense of the flyweight championship in Cage Warriors 141 almost 10 months after winning it in controversial fashion?
Dylan Hazan Heads Into Hostile Territory on Friday in Cage Warriors 141
In the other corner, Dylan Hazan has yet to lose thus far in his professional MMA career and is currently on a nine-fight winning streak dating back to his amateur days, scoring a TKO victory in his most recent appearance at the end of the first round against Raymison Bruno after the latter resigned from the bout following the bell to end the period.
Prior to joining Cage Warriors, Hazan fought on the regional circuit in his home country of Italy, including a first-round knockout against Carlo Perseo D’Ambrosio due to ground and pound shots in February of 2021 during The Golden Cage 3.
It goes without saying that Friday’s flyweight championship in Cage Warriors 141 is the biggest fight of this young man’s career, and it’s also going to be a textbook definition of a “road game” in MMA, representing the flag of Italy against an English opponent.
Will Hazan take the 125-lb. championship back to Italy with him after Cage Warriors 141 on Friday?
Tune in and find out.
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
Stylistically, this flyweight championship fight during Cage Warriors 141 on Friday night seems to favor Sam Creasey, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, compared to Dylan Hazan’s wrestling background.
Therefore, we could be looking at a ground war in this championship confrontation.
Watch For Sam Creasey’s Submissions
Sam Creasey has been known to be brutal with submissions, just as he was five years ago versus Iurie Bejenari.
Although the fight was scheduled for three rounds at five minutes per round, Creasey needed less than one round to dispose of Bejenari.
During that first round, Creasey and Bejenari began by feeling one another out before Bejenari failed to take Creasey down, with Creasey returning fire by landing a leg kick before Bejenari landed one of his own.
Creasey and Bejenari found themselves in the clinch later in the round, with the former being the better of the two upon punching his way out of it.
Midway through the round, after Bejenari threw punches to Creasey’s body, Creasey was able to drive Bejenari to the mat and take the back mount in an attempt to score a submission, to no avail, returning to ground and pound shots in an attempt to soften Bejenari up.
From there, Sam Creasey was able to apply enough pressure to sink the rear-naked choke in and get Bejenari to tap out.
If Sam Creasey is able to take Dylan Hazan down, it’ll be his world at that point, as he’s known to be intense on the ground.
Look For Dylan Hazan to Wear Sam Creasey Down
In the other corner, one way for Dylan Hazan to flip the script against Sam Creasey during Cage Warriors 141 is to simply exhaust him, as was the case against Bruno in April of this year.
Although Raymison Bruno scored a takedown on Hazan right from the beginning, that was one of his only highlights, as Hazan fought his way out of a submission hold from Bruno, who landed a knee to the head against his opponent from the back clinch.
Even though Bruno was able to grapple with Hazan in the fight, Hazan was able to assume control and land a burst of ground and pound shots while keeping Bruno’s arm down so he couldn’t try to submit him.
From there, it was all over but the shouting for Dylan Hazan, as he repeatedly landed punches on Raymison Bruno, who was absolutely powerless in his efforts to try and stop his opponent, with Bruno having been blinded in his right eye by all of the strikes, leading to the end of the contest after five minutes.
If Dylan Hazan is able to tire Sam Creasey out, he’ll leave Cage Warriors 141 as the new champion at flyweight.
Afternoon MMA on a weekday is a rarity, so title fights like the ones you’ll be seeing during Cage Warriors 141 are a real treat.
One final note: If you happen to be stuck in your cubicle late on Friday afternoon, put your phone on silent mode so nobody can rat you out to your boss.
Prediction: Dylan Hazan by Unanimous Decision.
Featured image credit to Cage Warriors