CW 142 results: Creasey, Elliott, and Favero steal the show

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales will be unforgettable with knockouts, submissions and stand out performances throughout the card.


By Kieran Cobley

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales will be unforgettable with knockouts, submissions and stand out performances throughout the card.

The main event saw Sam Creasey create history as he became the first man in the division to retain the flyweight title.

After a tumultuous wait to defend his belt, with his previous opponents, Luke Shanks and Dylan Hazan (who was unable to fight due to medical reasons) missed weight, Creasey finally got the chance to create history against challenger Stipe Brcic.

The 34 year old wasted no time picking up the win, dropping the Croatian in the first minute of the first round with a lead right hook before jumping on his opponent to lock in a high elbow guillotine to force the choke.

Creasey’s immediate future now looks uncertain; at 34 years old, the RGA Bucks fighter might struggle to receive a UFC call up, with Dana White and UFC matchmakers preferring younger talent, while in Cage Warriors, there is no definitive top contender following Aaron Aby’s loss earlier in the night and Dylan Hazan missing weight the last time he tried to get to 125lbs.

In the co-main event, Oban Elliott made sure the Welsh fans at the Ebbw Vale Sports Centre would leave with a smile as he put on the best performance of his career to beat former middleweight champion Matt Bonner.

In round one, Elliott would go straight for the kill, attacking Bonner with calf kicks and forcing him up against the cage, rattling the former middleweight champion with his tight knit boxing and forcing him to shoot for a takedown.

Round two started with Bonner coming out hyper aggressively to try and re-claw the first round, but Elliott weathered the storm and kept his composure.

The second half of round two was a different story. Elliott was rapidly slowing, and Bonner started landing heavier shots and forcing “The Welsh Gangster” into more uncomfortable positions, mainly at the end of his punches.

The question going into round three surrounded Elliott and his gas tank: had the early going taken too much out of him like it had in his two previous losses to Mike Figlak and Madars Fleminas, or could he stick it out?

As it turns out, Elliott could more than stick it out, putting Bonner on his back three times with takedowns and ensuring he landed enough strikes to make it an easy decision for the judges.

Elliott took a decisive win on the score cards, with all three judges scoring it 30-27 to the young welterweight.

Aaron Aby had the feel-good factor coming into CW 142. The Welsh flyweight had won eight of his last nine bouts, with his most recent two wins coming against a former flyweight champion, Samir Faiddine and former bantamweight title challenger, Gerardo Fanny, and not only that,  this was the first time in his career that he would be fighting on home soil.

Michelangelo Lupoli was tasked with ending that story and easily fulfilled that task.

Lupoli was causing Aby major issues with leg kicks on the feet, and when the Welshman could get the fight to the floor, Lupoli stopped any offence Aby had to offer.

In the end, Lupoli would take a unanimous decision win, with the judge’s scorecards reading: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26.

Stephanie Evans and Jasmine Favero made their pro debuts at CW 142 in a rematch of their IMMAF fight from a couple of years ago in the women’s lightweight division.

Coming into the bout, Favero gave up a lofty six pound weight advantage to the Welsh fighter and looked noticeably smaller in the cage, but showed her opponent’s larger frame was no match for her technical ability.

Favero would judo throw Evans in round one and outclassed her on the feet two before finishing her in round two with some nasty close range boxing against the fence.

Lupoli and Favero could now find themselves looking at a fight on Cage Warriors’ first ever Italian card in Rome on 7th October after such impressive wins.

Luke Riley kept his undefeated record in the min card opener, knocking out Cherif Larossi in round two.

Round one saw Riley preview what was to come in round two, landing hard shots from the clinch and securing a takedown.

In round two, Riley showed his clinch is not somewhere you want to find yourself, rocking Larossi with hard knees to the head before executing a perfect boxing combination, finishing with a left hook to the body to put Larossi away.

On the prelims, Matty Byfield picked up a win in the heavyweight division after a suspect elbow knocked out Szymon Szynkiewicz, with action replays showing the final two elbows landing on the back of Szynkiewicz’s head.

George McManus would take his record to 3-3 after submitting Milton Alfonso Cabral in round one with a rear naked choke. At the same time, Owain Williams and Chris Bungard picked up decision wins in their promotional debuts against Sean McCormac and Erick Da Silva, respectively.

Cage Warriors returns on 23rd September with CW 143 in San Diego before heading back to Europe for CW 144 in Rome in early October.

Cage Warriors 142 Preview


By Kieran Cobley

Cage Warriors returns to Wales for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, taking over the Ebbw Vale sports centre with a night of great action.

Flyweight champion Sam Creasey (15-4, 5 KO/TKO, 6 Submissions) tops the bill as he looks to become the first man in Cage Warriors history to successfully defend the 125lbs title.

The champion takes on Stipe Brcic, a formidable Croatian fighter training out of Germany with a 10-2 record and six finishes to his name.

A win here for Creasey could see him take a significant step towards joining the UFC, but it has been a long wait for a title defence. The Bedfordshire fighter should have defended the title against the man he took the belt off, Luke Shanks, in December following a “phantom tap” incident in the first bout. Shanks knocked out Creasey in a rugged fashion but failed to take the strap home due to losing his battle with the scales.

Creasey was scheduled to take on a title defence, this time at Cage Warriors’ 20th Anniversary show in July, but Italian contender, Dylan Hazan, failed to make 125lbs, and Creasey opted to sit the fight out, having already fought opponents over the weight limit in his last two outings.

Expect fireworks in this one as both men look to prove their metal.

If Chris Jericho is the “Man of 1004 moves”, Oban Elliott is the “Man of 1004 nicknames”, and the Welsh hometown hero gets to put on a show in front of his fans against former middleweight champion Matthew Bonner.

“The Welsh Gangster” is taking a considerable step up in competition for this bout, having never faced a former CW champ before. Still, it should also be worth noting that in previous attempts to take a step up, he has been brought down by Mike Figlak and “The Latvian Express” Madars Fleminas.

Bonner was the breakout star of Cage Warriors’ Covid era, going from 6-6 to putting on dominating wins over George Smith, Matt Inman and former champion James Webb before submitting Nathias Frederick in the fourth round of their epic contest in 2021 to win the middleweight title.

Even in defeat, Bonner looked game against Djati Melan, almost stopping the Frenchman but ultimately coming just short, but since shrinking down, he has dominated once again.
Elliott’s boxing has been his strong suit in past fights, but when put against the striking of Matt Bonner, who trains with his brother Daniel (a world Muay Thai champion), “Angel Eyes” could find himself in hot water.

Both men have shown they can grapple with the best of them and possess suffocating top games, but this one will likely be a fist fight for the ages.

In the shark tank that is the Cage Warriors 170 lbs division, it’s unclear whether a win for either man would get them a title shot, with Justin Burlinson, Matt Figlak and Jimmy Wallhead all circling the champion, Rhys McKee.

Can “Evil” beat “The Beast”?

While Cage Warriors president, Graham Boylan, serves as the brains of Europe’s top promotion and matchmaker Ian Dean serves as the heart of CW, there can be no doubt about who embodies the spirit of Cage Warriors, Aaron Aby.

Aby (13-4-1, 1 KO/TKO, 5 Submissions) has overcome a battle with Leukemia and Cystic Fibrosis. This condition can be life shortening in many, to become one of the best 125lbs fighters in Europe.

The Wrexham native is on a run of two wins, with his latest coming in Manchester earlier this year at CW 136, where he forced former bantamweight title challenger and kickboxing ace, Gerardo Fanny, to submit to a Rear Naked Choke.

Michelanglo Lupoli (5-2, 2 KO/TKO) makes his promotional debut against Aby and will be looking to show the Welsh veteran up in front of his home crowd.

Aby’s ground game has been his strong suit, but only time will tell if he can implement his takedown and submission offence in combat with the Italian.

Luke Riley, the latest prospect to come out of the renowned Next Gen gym in Liverpool, will look to extend his unbeaten record to 4-0 on Saturday night.

The featherweight fighter took home the honours of being Cage Warriors’ breakout fighter of the year in 2021 and currently holds a 100% KO rate, partially down to his outstanding striking ability and conditioning.

At CW 136, Riley showed he could overcome adversity after being put on the backfoot against Jack Eglin before striking a KO blow.
Cherif Larossi (1-1, 1 Submission) steps in for Scott Pedersen and will hope to be the first man to blot Riley’s impressive record, but it will be an uphill battle after accepting the bout on short notice.

All the Cage Warriors 142 action will be live on UFC Fight Pass from 5.30 pm BST on Saturday.

Main Card

Sam Creasey vs Stipe Brcic – flyweight title bout

Matt Bonner vs Oban Elliott – welterweight bout

Michelangelo Lupoli vs Aaron Aby – flyweight bout

Luke Riley vs Cherif Larossi – featherweight bout

Jasmine Favero vs Stephanie Evans – lightweight bout

Prelims

Erick Da Silva vs Chris Bungard – 161lbs catchweight bout

Sean McCormac vs Owain Williams – middleweight bout

Milton Cabral vs George McManus – 174lbs catchweight bout

Matty Byfield vs Szymon Szynkiewicz – light heavyweight bout

Cage Warriors Wales Academy – Full Results


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Cage Warriors Wales Academy came from Ebbw Vale leisure centre in Wales last night, headlined by Mason Jones and Craig Edwards.  Also on the line were three amateur title belts.

PRO MMA

Mason Jones defeated Craig Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3

AMATEUR MMA TITLE BOUTS

CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY WALES AMATEUR MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Christian Duncan defeated Greg Cuthbert via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2

Christian Duncan is the NEW CWAW Amateur Middleweight Champion

CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY WALES AMATEUR WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
Josh Hudson vs. Oban Elliott majority draw. Oban Elliot wins via TKO in extra round

Oban Elliott is the NEW CWAW Amateur Welterweight Champion

CAGE WARRIORS ACADEMY WALES AMATEUR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
Jordan Peake defeated Cameron Clarke via unanimous decision

Jordan Peake is the NEW CWAW Amateur Lightweight Champion

AMATEUR MMA BOUTS
Muhammed Shazlee defeated Keiron Bennett via submission (armbar) Round 1

Ben Ellis defeated Sami Hashim via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1

Jahmel Westcarr defeated Alex Ianculescu via unanimous decision

James Price defeated Liam Casey via submission (armbar) Round 3

Ashley Amos defeated Krzysztof Gagala via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1

Aaron Peterson defeated Toby Warner via KO (punch) Round 3

Rob Bennett defeated Franco Tenaglia via submission (arm triangle) Round 2

Shaun Powell defeated Sean Scrivens via split decision

Chris Sterling defeated Nathan Gregory via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1

Shea Evans defeated Owain Davies  via submission (triangle choke) Round 3

Owain Williams defeated Rafael Neuberg via TKO (Punch) Round 1

Glenn Williams defeated Henrijs Burka via unanimous decision

Kenzie Jones defeated Josh Hutchinson via TKO Round 2

Elis Westacott defeated Kacper Kzdunczyk via unanimous decision

 

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