Photo Courtesy of Dolly Crew

Jake Hadley just proved he’s a force to be reckoned with, after a masterclass performance against Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion, Luke Shanks.

[Photo courtesy of Dolly Crew]

Hadley, known locally by the nickname, ‘White Kong’ was pronounced ‘King Kong’ by the commentators after a 5 round domination over the reigning champ.

The first round of the Cage Warriors main event began fast. A fight that has been 2 years in the making started with an adrenaline rush between the rivals. Bad blood was to blame. Shanks had early success in round 1. “The Apocalypse” unleashed a hard-hitting flurry on Hadley which stunned him and sent him stumbling back. Hadley was able to weather the storm of strikes and accomplished a game-changing takedown which enabled him control for the rest of the round.

The relentless takedowns of Hadley was the story of the fight. Hadley continued to bully Shanks on the mat for the forthcoming rounds. Shanks was only allowed one takedown in the entire fight but did not have much success against the Englishman. After an incomplete attempt at a omoplata, Shanks’ competitiveness in the fight dwindled.

The title challenger was very close to completing submissions and dominated the champion with ground & pound thrown from top position. Takedowns were a recurring theme for Hadley’s success. The rest was history.

After going the 25 minute championship distance, the verdict was left to the officials. Hadley earned the judges’ nod with a clear-cut decision win, winning all 5 rounds. The scores read 50-42, 50-44, and 50-45. On one card, Hadley had picked up not one, but three 10-8 rounds against Shanks.

Jake Hadley added even more gold to his collection with the Cage Warriors Flyweight title wrapped around his waist. This title will now join his EFC title among other treasures picked up earlier in his career.

The undefeated professional fighter is not done collecting gold yet. He now has his eyes on the UFC title, where he hopes to wear gold within 1 year of signing with the world leader of MMA.

By Chris De Santiago

Founder of MMA Island, journalist at LowKick MMA and MiddleEasy, formerly Asian Persuasion MMA.

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