A packed Saturday of MMA sees the United Kingdom, specifically, Wales, get treated to two big shows, beginning with Cage Warriors 142 and the Cage Warriors 142 main event. Live coverage of the action from Ebbw Vale Centre begins with the undercard at 10 am ET/ 7 am PT (US time) Saturday, followed by the main card at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT. As with all Cage Warriors events, Saturday’s card will be streamed live throughout the world on the UFC‘s official subscription-based platform, UFC Fight Pass.
Flyweight Supremacy At Stake in Cage Warriors 142 Main Event
All told, counting the amateur bouts ahead of the main card, Cage Warriors 142 will feature 15 fights, highlighted by a battle for the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship in the Cage Warriors 142 main event.
Incumbent champion Sam Creasey (15-4 MMA, 10-4 CWFC) will get another chance to defend his title on Saturday against Stipe Brcic (10-2 MMA, CWFC promotional debut) in a five-round fight at five minutes per round to close the show.
Cage Warriors 142 Main Event Fighter Comparison
Heading into the main event on Saturday, Sam Creasey stands at 5-foot-6. Atypical of other fight breakdowns seen on this website, there was no height information accessible for challenger Stipe Brcic, nor was there reach advantage information available for these fighters online ahead of the Cage Warriors 142 main event.
Sam Creasey: A Title Defense Delayed, Not Deferred
Sam Creasey comes into Saturday’s main event having gone 4-1 in his last five MMA appearances, most recently sustaining a first-round knockout defeat (punches) at the hands of Luke Shanks (10-3 MMA) back on Dec. 11 in Cage Warriors 132.
Initially, that fight was to have been Creasey’s first defense of the flyweight title, but it was changed to a nontitle bout after Luke Shanks failed to make the 125-lb. championship maximum at the weigh-in on Dec. 10.
Three weeks ago, Creasey was booked to fight Dylan Hazan for the belt during the originally-advertised Cage Warriors 141 co-main event, but this fight was cancelled entirely upon Hazan missing weight by 2 1/2 lbs. the day before the fight and Creasey electing against having the contest proceed as a nontitle affair.
He initially won this championship last fall but has yet to properly defend the strap, and barring any further developments that could otherwise impede a title defense, Sam Creasey will finally get his chance to fight for the belt on Saturday.
Cage Warriors Debutant Stipe Brcic Looks to Spoil the Party in Cage Warriors 142 Main Event
In the other corner, Stipe Brcic enters the Cage Warriors 142 main event sporting a 4-1 record of his own, with the promotional debutant on a two-fight winning streak ahead of this bout.
Brcic, a veteran of German promotion Elite MMA Championship, scored a third-round TKO due to injury on Dec. 4 versus Nuno Costa (14-3 MMA) in EMC 8’s main event for the promotion’s flyweight championship. The latest signing to Cage Warriors spent time when the main event was announced to compliment his opponent.
“Sam is a good fighter and a real champ,” Brcic said. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to win the belt. Let the best man win!”
Brcic has an established championship pedigree, already having won the flyweight title in EMC in his most recent bout, and although he spoke pleasantly of Sam Creasey ahead of the main event, the time for talk is just about over.
This is a man who was quoted as saying “I watch my opponent right into the eye and I smell his fear. That feeds me. When I feel it, I feast” ahead of his debut in Final Fight Championship almost five years ago, a win by first-round submission (heel hook) versus Davor Matic (5-15 MMA), which began a 12-fight winless streak for the latter.
Will Stipe Brcic be able to strike fear in Sam Creasey on Saturday? Tune in and find out.
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
Stylistically, the Cage Warriors 141 main event looks to favor Sam Creasey, a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay-Thai practitioner and freestyle wrestler, compared to Stipe Brcic’s background in Kung-Fu and jiu-jitsu.
Watch For Creasey’s Crisp Punches
One aspect of Sam Creasey’s fight game that’s shown up on film is his ability to land crisp punches to land the knockout, as he did against Conor Hignett almost four years ago. During the first round of a scheduled three, Creasey put Hignett in the clinch to eventually score the takedown.
From there, he immediately took mount to try and stifle any kind of defense from his opponent, landing repeated ground and pound shots to Hignett’s head, and as the shots continued to rain down on Hignett, referee Marc Goddard warned him twice to try and get out of the mount.
Creasey proved too tough on this night and he scored the TKO due to unanswered strikes inside the opening round, so if he can land punches in bunches, he’ll defend the title on Saturday.
Brcic Has To Avoid Taking Too Many Punches
In the other corner, Stipe Brcic cannot afford to absorb excessive shots in this fight, as he did against Mihail Sirbu in December of 2020.
During the first round of this championship fight, Brcic opened things up by landing some leg kicks, leading Sirbu to go to the clinch, which Brcic fought off, but it would be the start of a long round for him.
Although Brcic was able to piece Sirbu up with a few punches, his offensive surge would ultimately prove to be ill-fated, as Sirbu proved to be the aggressor, scoring some leg kicks to the head and punching his way out of a clinch to impair Brcic’s vision.
Although Brcic was able to finish out the period, it would become apparent that the eye injury he sustained was too severe to permit a continuation of the fight beyond round one.
If Brcic is able to slow down Sam Creasey and take as few punches as possible, he has a shot at walking out of the arena as the new champion.
This looks to be a good fight on Saturday, as the Cage Warriors 142 main event is a classic strength vs. strength matchup.
One last question: Who brings their A-game to the cage?
Prediction: Sam Creasey by Unanimous Decision.
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