Shogun Fights ready for Round 2
One of the main battles of the evening with be Baltimore native and MMA veteran James "Binky" Jones taking on undefeated Pennsylvania fighter Jim Hettes in the 145 pound featherweight division. Hettes last fought in the first Baltimore event in October and is part of the main event this time.
When you look at the fighting records of Jones (8-8) and Hettes (3-0), it looks like a mismatch. But as some of you know, the amount of bouts a fighter has been through doesn't always give them an advantage in the cage. An example of this was UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar, who had only fought three times (two wins, one loss) when he defeated then-champion Randy Couture (16 wins, seven losses).
Also on the card is super heavyweight Ryan McGowan, who is making his MMA debut and going against Mike Williams. Fans always enjoy the big guys in the cage for the first three minutes. If the fight goes beyond that, it's usually a hugfest.
During the last event, it was great to see more than 5,000 area MMA fans come out an support the sport. Shogun Fights promoter John Rallo said, "Trainers that have trained people in UFC and Pride, are saying that [Shogun Fights 1] was one of the most professional shows they have been to."
And I have to agree with him, it was a KO event.
So, here's the card:
Shogun Fights 2
Rick Desper vs. Steven Baker at 135 lbs.
Joe Stripling vs. Elder Ramos at 195 lbs.
Joey Kirwan vs. Elijah Harshbarger at 175 lbs.
Ryan Mackin vs. Bret Thomas at 140 lbs.
Mike Paschall vs. Glen Hoffman at 165 lbs.
Jacob Kirwan vs. Steve DeAngelis at 145 lbs.
Diego Brandao vs. George Sheppard at 155 lbs.
Dave Daniecki vs. Germiyale Adkins at 185 lbs.
Binky Jones vs. Jim Hettes at 145 lbs.
Ryan McGowan vs. Mike Williams at super heavyweight