Maryland’s own Shogun Fights held its 18th event from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, April 14, with a card that featured 10 bouts and three title fights.
In the main event, Tucker Lutz became the undisputed Shogun Fights featherweight champion after defeating Francisco Isata in a bout that featured a little bit of everything – including multiple eyepokes, a groin shot and hard-hitting strikes from both competitors. However, Lutz also mixed in some takedowns with his arsenal to become champion. In the co-main event, flyweight champion Greg Fischer successfully defended his belt against Blaine Shutt by exercising his ground game and locking in a rear-naked choke and putting Shutt to sleep.
A third belt was up for grabs at Shogun Fights as well, as Darren Costa attempted to utilize a guillotine choke early and often and finally cinched it in to get the best of Elijah Gbollie, and become the inaugural Shogun Fights middleweight champion.
Tucker Lutz def. Francisco Isata by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – for featherweight title
Greg Fischer def. Blaine Shutt by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:10 – for flyweight title
Darren Costa def. Elijah Gbollie by submission (guillotine). Round 1, 2:55 – for middleweight title
Peter Petties def. Rob Sullivan by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jeff Blachly def. Joe Stripling by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Semelsberger def. Scott Noble by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:53
Patrick Rivera def. Mischa Christensen by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:07
Maik Ferrante vs. Jon Hughes was ruled a no-contest after Ferrante suffered a cut from an accidental headbutt.
Ratioender Melo def. Brian Lim by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Brandon Mason def. Dameron Kirby by submission (armbar). Round 2, 4:00
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