Sam Creasey and Luke Shanks will meet in an epic rematch of their CW 129 fight in the main event of CW 132, the second part of Cage Warriors‘ Double Trouble event at the world-famous York Hall in London.
Creasey beat Shanks in the flyweight tournament to finally capture the flyweight title at the third time of asking, winning by submission in the third round, but controversy arose after the bout had finished.
Talking about the reasons for the rematch, Cage Warriors president, Graham Boylan, said: “There was a lot of controversy with this tournament final back at CW 129 in October.
“Discussions were had with Luke Shanks, the referee (Dan Movahedi ), and Sam Creasey.
“When Sam was informed of video footage showing a potential tap to an armbar in round 1 that the referee missed, Sam being the martial artist that he is said: ‘I do not want to be a Cage Warriors world champion and have controversy over how I won the title, let’s run it back as soon as possible.’
“Due to the number of what-ifs and different scenarios discussed, it was agreed by all parties that the decision from the first fight will remain, but we will run the fightback on the next available date.”
History will be made in the flyweight division at CW 129 one way or another.
A win for Sam Creasey would see him become the first flyweight champion in Cage Warriors history to defend the title.
Creasey holds a 15-3 record, with 11 stoppages to his name (five knockouts and six submissions) coming into this rematch with Shanks
On his first title defense, Sam Creasey said: “Victory accompanied with controversy is not the clean and honorable victory I seek.
“This time we will put this to bed for good!”
“The Apocolypse” Shanks could also make history at CW 129.
Shanks, who trains out of Higher Level MMA in Scotland, made his feelings about the first fight with Creasey clear when asked by Cage Warriors: “I got robbed last time out.
“I’m coming to take what’s mine with a KO win this time!”
Tickets for CW 132 are available here.
Sam Creasey vs Luke Shanks – flyweight title bout
Kent Kauppinen vs Mateusz Figlak – welterweight bout
Stevie McIntosh vs Michal Figlak – lightweight bout
Scott Malone vs Coner Hignett – flyweight bout
Mick Stanton vs Justin Moore – middleweight bout