BALTIMORE, April 17, 2012 — The Shogun VI held at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore last Saturday night delivered the goods for its fans. Boxing, brutal drop kicks, aggressive action, knockouts, and fast decisions. John Rallo and his production staff provided an evening of exciting Mixed Martial Arts on many levels.
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT — Haq vs Marshall Thompson: The only shame about this fight is that we are going to wait some time for it to air on TV. It was definitely a classic. Even though he didn’t win the fight, Haq won a lot of fans with his performance.
Marshall Thompson defeated Umaer Haq, TKO, Round 3 (0:54). Thompson made a great first impression with a very over the top entrance. The two fighters delivered the war that most people hoped for when this fight was first announced. Both fighters took big shots and fought through dangerous positions. While Thompson ultimately won, Haq was caught in two gruesome submissions but fought his way out.
(Honorable Mention: Presley v Iomashvilli)
KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT — Brent Hess: After knocking out his opponent, Hess sat on floor of the cage, crossed his legs, and meditated.
Brent Hess defeated Steve Baker, KO, in Round 1 (2:39). Even though he started out slow, Hess showed off a dazzling array of strikes eventually knocking Baker out cold with a straight cross.
(Honorable Mention: Marshall Thompson)
SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT — Cole Pressely: Pressely takes this honor for tapping out a very tough and very game opponent in Vaja Iormashvilli with bonus points for a very emotional post-fight celebration.
Cole Presley defeated Vaja Iormashvili, Submission-Choke, Round 2 (2:59). Presley and Iormashvili showed a great display of heart in their fight. Presley landed an early knee that had Iormashvili bleeding profusely from his nose. Iormashvili was very tough and gave Presley a run for his money.
(Honorable Mention: Bryan Lane)
Other Fight Results
Josh Pearson d. Thomas Desmond, Submission-Choke, Round 1 (4:25) Once Pearson got started and built up momentum with his boxing and ground game, Thomas Desmond was unable to recover.
J.C. Cuffee d. Jeremy Carper, Submission-Choke, Round 2 (1:33) Jeremy Carper showed off a great display of his Muay Thai skills with brutal leg kicks. J.C. Cuffee showed great composure and heart despite the beating his legs took, eventually controlling Carper on the ground with his wrestling and ground and pound.
Nate Grebb d. Billy Miller, Submission-Strikes, Round 1 (2:39) Nate Grebb displayed one of the most violent uses of the clinch observed in Shogun Fights.
Dan Root d. Jeremy Boardwine, Submission-Choke, Round 1 (2:40) Dan Root proved once again why he is a nightmare to deal with on the ground. Boardwine put up a good fight, but it was not enough for the Shogun Fights veteran.
Ryan Mackin d. David Perez, Unanimous Decision, Round 3 Mackin was just a step ahead of Perez for most of the fight. In the final minutes, Perez was able to get on top of Mackin and unload punches on the ground, which almost caused the ref to intervene. Ryan was able to recover and protect himself until the bell rang.
Gustavo Kiesler d. Phil Johns, Submission-Choke, Round 1 (2:17) Kiesler was able to keep Johns at bay with aggressive and precise strikes and fancy footwork. Once the fight hit the ground, Kiesler quickly transitioned to back mount and worked in a choke. Great killer instinct was shown from the “Silent Assassin.”
Bryan Lane d. Micah Terrill, Submission-Choke, Round 1 (3:21) This was a tough fight that might be worth fighting again. Terrill did a great job working his jab early in the fight. After an taking an illegal blow to the back of his head, Lane regained his senses and got back into the fight eventually securing a guillotine choke against the cage.
Twenty fighters came to compete and entertain fans and they all delivered. Many fights showcase veterans and hometown heroes who engage in “gifted” easy fights in order to gain or retain fan support. That was not the case Saturday night as every fight had fans at the edge of their seats. The only unfortunate fact about fighting is that there had to be winners and losers.
Jason has ten years of fight experience in all aspects of the fight game, working as a professional fighter, coach, and promoter. You can follow Jason Morris at www.facebook.com/jmommablackhat or on twitter at Jmommablackhat
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