Saturday, October 24, 2015

Micah Terrill seeks redemption

Note: I fell behind with posting my interviews with fighters competing for title at Shogun Fights today - sorry about that. But hey, you can check them all out right now over at Combat Press. Or you could stay here and read them. Better yet, stay here. Like I said, I need the clicks.

The first round of Micah Terrill’s last fight went pretty much as he expected.

Usually when a fighter throws his first punch in a fight, it’s meant to feel his opponent out – get an idea for how his opponent will react to being hit, or how he might approach the fight. For Terrill, the very first punch he threw couldn’t have had a much better result.

Terrill’s first punch broke the nose of his opponent, Cole Presley. So it didn’t take long for the white mat of Shogun Fights to begin being spotted with red drops of blood from Presley’s nose. The second round was a little closer, but Terrill still thought he came out on top. Unfortunately, the white Shogun Fights mat began turning a healthy shade of pink as the blood continued to flow from Presley’s nose, and it started to affect Terrill’s footing.

“With all the blood, I started slipping and couldn’t move, so I stayed still,” Terrill said.

Unfortunately for Terrill, in addition to the slippery footing, Presley just wouldn’t go away. Presley’s comeback was complete in the third round, as he finished Terrill with a guillotine choke and won the inaugural Shogun Fights welterweight title, with the 5,000 or so fans in attendance going insane (including me. It was the best mixed martial arts fight I’ve ever seen, at any level – amateur, professional, UFC, Bellator or World Series of Fighting).

“When he started hitting me, he showed me a lot about myself,” Terrill said. “He kept coming forward – I don’t think the dude is human. I tip my hat to him, but the second time we would fight would be different.”

The loss to Presley was Terrill’s second in a row following a 3-fight win streak. With an overall record of 5-5, Terrill isn’t getting a rematch with Presley at Shogun Fights 13 on Oct. 24 in Baltimore, Maryland, but he is getting another shot at the welterweight title. Following Presley’s decision to drop to lightweight, Terrill will face Jeremy Carper in one of three title fights on the card.

Shogun Fights actually offered a rematch to Terrill and Presley, which Terrill accepted but Presley then decided to drop a weight class. When that happened, Terrill didn’t think he would get another shot at the title.

“I’m hard on myself – I don’t think I deserved another title shot, but I’ll take it,” Terrill said. “It’s what the crowd wants, and I want to give them a show and prove why I got this shot.”

Terrill trains at Conquest BJJ in Crofton, Maryland, and worked with a new striking coach every day for the last six months for his fight against Carper, he said. Terrill added that he also worked on improving his strength and conditioning.

“I can finish this fight anywhere I go,” he said. In his 10-fight career, Terrill has only been to a decision once, and he’s confident his fight with Carper will not result in a second decision.

“I’ve heard his chin is suspect,” Terrill said. “He’s been beaten by Cole twice, and I’m bigger, faster and stronger than he is.”

While Terrill still has the goal of fighting in UFC or Bellator, he’s already preparing for a life after fighting by working on opening his own gym. But his focus is still 100 percent on his fight against Carper, and on another chance to become champion.

“Shogun Fights is my second home,” said Terrill, with seven fights already under his belt with the promotion. “I’ll have the hometown crowd behind me, and it’s going to be my night.”

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