The 13th edition of Shogun Fights at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 24, was a lucky one for one fighter seeking redemption in the main event, while another longtime Baltimore fighter came up short in his bid for gold.
This edition of Shogun Fights originally boasted three title fights. However, the lightweight title bout between Dan Root and Rob Watley was postponed after Watley suffered a foot injury. The two will tentatively matchup again at the next edition of Shogun Fights, scheduled to take place in April of next year.
But there were two other title fights on Saturday’s card. In the co-main event, Francisco Isata squared off against local mainstay Binky Jones for the inaugural featherweight title. Isata took Jones down early in the first round, but Jones’ jiu-jitsu and attempts at submissions prevented Isata from capitalizing.
However, Isata was able to capitalize on his wrestling and jiu-jitsu in the second round, taking Jones down early again and smothering him throughout most of the round, before a late stand-up by the referee allowed Isata to land a stiff jab to Jones.
That jab may have woken Jones up for the third round, as he knocked Isata to the ground early and nearly finished the fight with strikes and attempts at submissions, including a guillotine and rear-naked choke. But Isata scored another takedown late in the round and finished the fight in top position, which seemed to be enough for the judges to award him a unanimous decision victory and the title of Shogun Fights’ first featherweight champion.
The main event did not need to take as long to crown a champion, frankly. Micah Terrill sought to atone in his bid to become welterweight champion, and he did just that. After a brief feeling-out period with his opponent, Jeremy Carper, Terrill swarmed Carper with a barrage of strikes that caused Carper to turtle up and referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight and award Terrill the welterweight title after just 46 seconds.
Following the event, Carper announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on social media. The 11-fight Shogun Fights card saw only two bouts go to a decision, and only one bout reach the third round. It was another exciting event that engaged the crowd throughout, perhaps even too much prior to the co-main event when a couple fans got into a brawl. WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff and UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon were both in attendance, so it was another star-studded night that bodes well for Shogun Fights' future.
Nic Nicholas def. Stephen Speck by submission (kimura). Round 1, 0:29
Hopeton Stewart def. Dameron Kirby knockout (head kick). Round 2, 0:10
Jesse Stirn def. Josh Trainor by submission (guillotine). Round 1, 1:25
Angelo DePasquale def. Albert Birckhead by submission (kimura). Round 1, 3:30
Greg Fisher def. Tim Wade by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:36
Alvin Mercer def. Tucker Lutz by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:08
Patrick Rivera def. Mahmoud Rashid by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:04
D.J. Jackson def. Piankhi Zimmerman by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Jon Delbrugge def. Willie Floyd by submission (arm triangle). Round 2, 3:17
Francisco Isata def. Binky Jones by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) – for featherweight title
Micah Terrill def. Jeremy Carper by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:46 – for welterweight title