National Harbor, MD - Alliance MMA, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMMA) company, Shogun Fights has held their renowned mixed martial events at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena for some time. On Saturday they ventured 50 miles south to MGM National Harbor, taking the short ride to bring their brand of MMA to a new market, a Washington D.C. forum.
The MGM National Harbor's first ever MMA event showcased 10 scheduled bouts and featured two championship fights. The bantam weight affair at 135lbs. between Jesse Stirn of Ground Control in Baltimore, MD and Terry Bartholomew of Frederick, MD and an interim title fight at 175lbs. between Stephen Regman fighting out of Killer B Combat Sports Academy in Ocean Township, NJ vs. Kenny Gaudreau of Disciple MMA in Sterling, VA. MMA fans will travel for support and tonight's night was no different. Each fighter on the card, had their own cheering section throughout the arena. Allowing for an interesting battle in the crowd of who could provide the most support for their fighter.
Matchmaking was on point this night at most of the fights were decided by close decisions. That was until Terry Bartholomew stepped into the cage against Jesse Stirn for the 135lbs. title. Terry, an instructor at Bowerhouse Martial Arts Academy made quick work of Stirn, closing the show with a rear-naked choke in the first round.
In the main event at 170lbs., Stephen Regman fighting away from his home state of New Jersey went into a patient back and forth with the Kenny Gaudreau. Kenny, the aggressor for most of the fight, used his range well early in the contest and displayed an assortment of strikes with spinning back fists, front kicks and leg kicks. He did well to keep Regman at range while he came forward but didn't do a great job at cutting off the cage. Regman was able to escape at will keeping his back off the cage whenever he felt Gaudrea was closing in.
Gaudreau had success early on with his interesting mix of strikes. But he either wasn't aware or decided to march on through the fact that Regman was timing his counter strikes. Regman's left hook seemed to be his preferred counter measure and he finally connected with it in the second round, knocking Gaudreau down and inexplicably walking away? It appeared he thought he'd knocked out Regman and was headed back to celebrate when Gaudreau dusted himself off and regained his feet.
Early in the third round, Regman now became the aggressor but Gaudreau refused to give ground. Regman was still looking for replay of his left hook from earlier but it would be his counter right cross that finished the night as it landed flush against the jaw of Gaudreau. Regman was declared interim 175lbs. champ with a KO in dramatic fashion.
For full results of Shogun XIX, click here.
About the Author:
Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and holds a black belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do with additional training in Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.