London, England — Swedish featherweight Samuel Bark arguably stole the show at Cage Warriors 141 on Friday.
In a battle of Swedish 145’ers, Bark finished off Tobias Harila with a pair of nasty-looking knees in the second round.
“I wanted to put the pressure on him early so I could use my gas tank, and get that for my advantage,” he told Cageside Press following the fight. “Tire him out, and look for the finish. And I think I made it happen.”
Bark, who improved to 5-1 as a pro with the win, was not surprised by the lack of grappling in the bout. “I thought he would either go forward and have a war, or go back and in-and-out, more footwork.”
And while he had to endure a rather theatrical walkout by opponent Harila, he took that all in stride, even standing in the cage waiting for the real show to get on the road. “I’m fine with that, you know,” said Bark, noting that it’s “entertainment. I just let him do his thing, and then we can fight.”
The hope now is for a quick turnaround. “I’m gonna be really active, so I hope you see me a lot more active from now on.” He’d like to be back in the cage as soon as August. “100 percent. It doesn’t matter who.”
Watch our full Cage Warriors 141 post-fight interview with Samuel Bark above.