Dylan Hazan (8-0), is completely aware of the challenge at hand as he prepares to face Sam Creasey for Cage Warriors flyweight gold on July 22nd in London, England.
The Italian native joined the organisation mid-way through 2021 and has picked up three straight victories over Josh Reed, Scott Malone and Raymison Bruno to keep his undefeated record intact and gain the opportunity to fight for the prestigious championship belt.
We had the pleasure of speaking with the challenger ahead of fight night to get his thoughts on his upcoming contest, Italian MMA, and much more. Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Dylan Hazan
We are approaching your fourth fight under the Cage Warriors banner. How have you enjoyed your time with the promotion thus far?
The promotion is great. I think it is the best in Europe. Initially, I had to earn their trust, but after two wins, I got a multi-match contract, so I am very happy.
How would you sum up your career thus far inside of Cage Warriors? Your (3-0) and undefeated, but have you been pleased with everything and your work inside the cage?
I am satisfied with the results, but I think I have not yet shown my potential.
Dylan Hazan Talks Representing Italy
What does it mean to you to be representing your native country of Italy on a stage like CW? Tell us how much the martial arts scene has developed in Italy since you first began if you can?
It is an honour to represent my country, I especially feel the warmth of my hometown Bari, and I am very proud of that. As Italians, we started a little late in mma, but to date, the scene is becoming very interesting, and the level has risen a lot.
July 22nd, you fight Sam Creasey for the Cage Warriors flyweight championship. Can you describe what it would mean to attain Cage Warriors gold?
It would be great personal satisfaction and the recognition of all the sacrifices I have had to make in life in sport. I see it as a starting point and not an endpoint.
The End Goal
Many fighters capture a Cage Warriors title and then cross over to the UFC. It opens many doors for numerous opportunities. Is that something that’s on your mind leading into fight night?
The UFC has always been my goal, but I prefer to take one step at a time.
Your opponent Sam Creasey is skilled and extremely game. How do you view him as a fellow opponent and his overall skill-set?
I know that he is an experienced and complete fighter, but he does not scare me. I’m sure that with the work done with my coaches, we will reach the goal.
Where do you feel you have the edge over Sam Creasey when you both meet?
I turn the question around: I think I have no disadvantage against my opponent.
Cage Warriors 141, Dylan Hazan secures the Cage Warriors flyweight championship. What’s next? Do you have a visualised path in your mind?
As I have said before, I prefer to think match by match, so I am only focused on this match to the maximum.
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