Dominique Steele raising his hands after beating Karl Amoussou. Credit: Cho Tang

Dominique Steele coursed a major upset on route to winning his second fight in a row with a short-notice victory over CW welterweight champion Karl Amoussou in the main event of Cage Warriors 89, but despite the nature of his victory he would be open to a direct rematch.

Steele took the fight on two weeks’ notice and came in overweight, which led to the fight being turned into a three-round non-title bout. But for the American, the focus wasn’t on the belt.

“I wasn’t really about the belt in the first place,” Steele told MMA Plus. “I was about getting back to the fighting side. I haven’t rebounded from my three-fight losing streak yet. I’m still on that losing side. I was 0-3 in my last three big fights like this.”

After Saturday’s win, Steele has now recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015 and the 29-year old is well aware of the fact that his shock win last night has put Cage Warriors in an awkward position by beating their current champion.

Steele would consider a rematch with Amoussou if it was offered to him, on one condition: “I’ll take all comers at the moment. But if they offer me a rematch, I’m always there for him. If there’s a rematch – loser has to get a dragon tattoo, winner has to pick out. I’m all up for that one.”