While some mixed martial arts organizations might engage in a lot of pomp and circumstance to commemorate its 15th fight card, Maryland’s Shogun Fights marked the occasion on Oct. 15 by doing what it always does; deliver entertaining fights. A new champion was crowned at Shogun Fights 15 in Baltimore, while another champion retained.
In the main event, lightweight champion Rob Watley defended his title against former Shogun Fights welterweight champion Cole Presley. The two wasted little time going to the mat in the first round, where Presley attempted the first of many armbar submissions while Watley rained down shots from the top position. The round ended with Watley landing a hard left that knocked Presley to the mat and almost led to a TKO finish as Watley tried to put Presley away with slicing elbows.
Presley survived and the second round continued much like the first, with Presley attempting submissions while Watley engaged in some impressive ground-and-pound. Presley attempted more submissions in the third round, including an armbar, triangle and an ankle lock. But Watley was able to defend all of Presley’s attempts at submission, and his ground-and-pound and striking gave Watley a unanimous decision victory.
In the co-main event, Shogun Fights welterweight champion Jon Delbrugge tried to turn his bout with Chauncey Foxworth into a grappling contest, taking Foxworth to the mat early and often. However, Foxworth was able to defend Delbrugge’s takedowns or if he did end up on the ground, Foxworth was able to reverse position and end up on top, where he punished the champion with strikes. A stiff jab that appeared to wobble Delbrugge in the third round may have sealed Foxworth’s victory, as even a late ankle lock attempt by Delbrugge wasn’t enough for him to keep his title. Foxworth was crowned the new Shogun Fights welterweight champion via unanimous decision.