Cage Warriors return to the Indigo at the O2 on Saturday 2nd March 2019 for a card stacked with established names on the European scene. The venue is very close to sell out which in part explains why the company have opted to move to the larger Hammersmith Apollo for their following London show. The Indigo is a cracking venue for fights and there are guaranteed action match ups from the top of the card all the way down to the first fight of the night. Many of the prelims are good enough to get on to most Cage Warriors main cards which is a testament to how well this show has been booked. One of the fights that falls under that category is the featured prelim of the evening as Sam Creasey (10-2) takes on Andy Young (11-12) at flyweight.
When Creasey last fought at the venue, he suffered a title fight loss at the hands of Nathan Greyson in the third round. Creasey was extremely disappointed in how the contest finished as he had won the first two rounds comfortably after taking his opponent down and dominating him on the mat. However, in the final round, Greyson managed to establish a dominant position on the ground and landed a series of unanswered strikes before the referee waved off the contest. It was a comeback that would have been extremely hard to picture minutes before but was an experience that Creasey took a lot from. “I learnt to never switch off in a fight as one moment will cost you,” explained Creasey. “In MMA, a contest can change in those single moments more than any other sport.”
Despite that title fight loss, Creasey bounced back around five months later in a dominant display against Coner Hignett which ended by TKO in the very first round. He took Hignett down early in the fight, advanced to full mount very quickly and poured on the shots until the referee had seen enough and was forced to bring the one sided contest to a close. That marked his tenth professional victory, nine of which have been via stoppage which shows that he is a flyweight who is capable of finishing fights in all areas. He hasn’t been tempted to move away from the weight class even though much uncertainty surrounds it in the UFC. Creasey feels he is one of the elite in the division.
“On my day, I’m the best at 125lbs on the planet! I know that I’m a true flyweight and that is where I perform my best,” stated Creasey. “I believe that with Cejudo as champion now, it gives the UFC a chance to freshen up the division. There are also other promotions who are pushing the flyweights now too.”
This weekend, Creasey faces veteran Andy Young who has travelled all around the world to fight in promotions such as BAMMA, FNG, Brave CF and ACB. He is riding a 4 fight losing streak but has lost to quality opposition such as former UFC title challenger, Ali Bagautinov, and he has admitted himself that he has taken fights that he shouldn’t have. Young stated in a recent interview with WHOA TV that he will be on the front foot the whole fight pushing the pace. Creasey noted that Young is definitely better than his record suggests and is excited at the prospect of adding potentially the biggest name to his list of wins so far.
“Andy has been around a long time and has fought a lot of great fights. I’m looking forward to dealing with the pressure that he will bring and seeing how I respond,” said Creasey. “I think it’s going to be the fight of the night as he’s still going to be there throwing until the end of round 3.”
Since the previous flyweight champion, Nathan Greyson, was released from the promotion due to issues around making weight, the title has been vacant. Some have mentioned that the winner of this fight could well be first in line for a shot at the title if the promotion are interested in bringing the belt back. However, Creasey hasn’t let the idea of a title fight consume his focus in the lead up to this event.
“Cage Warriors haven’t mentioned anything about a flyweight belt coming back yet and I’m not chasing it to be honest. I take each fight one at a time and then evaluate,” discussed Creasey. “I’m ranked number 1 in the UK and let my performances do the talking. Andy Young is the only thing I see in my future and all of my attention has been on this fight. Depending on the outcome, I will consider my next steps.”
Creasey would like to be more active this year and wants to thank all of his sponsors and fans for their continued support. In terms of 2019, he has two main goals.
“I want to improve as a martial artist and as a person,” stated Creasey.
Cage Warriors can be streamed live on Saturday night via UFC Fight Pass.