In a year where securing momentum has challenged the most elite fighters, unbeaten champion, Jake Hadley completed 2020 at the top. Specifically, the Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion earned his title in a grappling-heavy war against former champion, Luke Shanks. Prior to capturing the CW 125-lbs strap, Hadley (7-0) picked up another belt at EFC Worldwide 78 with another lopsided decision win. The dominance and ability of the young Englishmen begs the question as to when he might break into the UFC. Not to mention, the undefeated athlete also successfully competed in Bellator MMA. Surely if Hadley’s 2021 looks anything like last year, bigger promotions have his name on the shortlist. In fact, he spoke to MyMMANews staff, indicating he is more than ready for a run in the UFC.
— Jake Hadley (@JakeHadleyMMA) December 30, 2020
Jake Hadley – thoughts on 2021 ascension
Asked about how training has changed during the pandemic, Hadley told MyMMANews staff, “with Covid my training camps have actually improved, everything is focused on me instead of multiple fighters.”
Hadley’s grappling often leaves strikers bewildered. His aptitude for rear-naked choke transitions is nothing short of impressive. In addition, Hadley’s timing on takedowns is pristine. Consequently, he demonstrated this technique to capture the CW Flyweight title. However, the athlete’s development was on point before competing at Cage Warriors. Particularly, the timing of his takedowns was on display against, Ben Fahey at MMAC 2: Hadley vs. Fahey. Ultimately Hadley secured an armbar, and put all regional bantamweight and flyweight fighters on notice.
Also, when discussing his upcoming plans for 2021, he reiterated his UFC aspirations, stating, “I hope my next fight will be in the UFC. I deserve this being a 2 promotion world champion but if I have to defend my title no problem but the problem is there is nobody left for me in Europe so I hope UFC comes.”
Overall his undefeated record and five finishes speak volumes about the type of fight he brings each time out. In a time where getting fights is a tall task, Hadley’s active path certainly helps his case.
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Freelance Writer – Sports MMA