The 13th edition of Shogun Fights at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 24, was a lucky one for a fighter seeking redemption in the main event, while a longtime Baltimore-based fighter came up short in his bid for gold.
This Shogun Fights fight card 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 match up 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’s jiu-jitsu and attempts at submissions prevented Isata from capitalizing.
Isata was able to capitalize with his wrestling and jiu-jitsu in the second round though, taking Jones down early again and smothering him throughout most of the round. 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, however, as he knocked Isata to the ground early and nearly finished the fight with strikes and submissions attempts, 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 take as long to crown a champion. 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.