Baltimore, MD - Shogun Fights returned to action Saturday night with their 18th edition of mixed martial arts entertainment at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Anchoring the 10 bout card this evening were 3 title bouts at 125lbs, 145lbs. and 185lbs.
Darren Costa of Glen Burnie, MD fighting out of Noel Smith BJJ made relatively quick work of Elijah Gbollie from Crofton, MD fighting out of Conquest BJJ. From the start of the first round, Costa looked to impose his will upon Gbollie with several guillotine choke attempts before eventually cinching it closed, forcing a tap at 2:53 in the first round. Costa would be named new middleweight champion at 185lbs.
Greg Fischer of Baltimore, MD would go against Blaine Shutt of Christianburg, VA. for the 125lbs. Flyweight title. Fischer training out of Ground Control Baltimore was looking to make the match a grappling contest. Shutt from Tech MMA held Fischer off until 3:10 in the 2nd round before succumbing to a rear naked choke.
In the main event, Tucker Lutz of Ground Control in Baltimore would do battle against Francisco Isata of Disciple MMA in Sterling, VA. Both fighters traded inadvertent eye pokes in the first round and were each cleared by medical staff to continue. This time last year Isata was able to grind out a victory against Binky Jones at Shogun XVI for the featherweight title. This evening Isata looked unbalanced and at times somewhat reckless. Isata didn’t appear to have a game plan and was uncharacteristically winging his punches in an attempt to catch Lutz with single shots rather than setting up any calculated offense. Lutz on the other hand seemed to be the more disciplined fighter. He was more fluid with jab, cross, and low-kick combinations and was able to remain free from the free spirited punches of Isata. Early on Lutz was taking liberties with the lead leg of Isata, slowing his movement and forcing him off balance at times before Isata adjusted and began checking the kicks. In the end Lutz would win a unanimous decision and take the belt as the new featherweight champion.
Full results for Shogun Fights can be found here. For more information on future Shogun Fights, visit www.shogunfights.com.
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.