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Shogun Fights

March 26, 2022 - 6:30PM


The East Coast’s Premier MMA Organization

The brain-child of John Rallo, Shogun fights regularly packs several of the largest venues in the region including Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, The Theater at MGM National Harbor and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft Lauderdale. A hotbed for celebrities and UFC stars, Shogun events will continue to be a Baltimore mainstay for a time to come.

With a successful (albeit short) MMA career and stint as a celebrity bodyguard under his belt, working with the likes of Tommy Lee and Sylvester Stallone, Rallo focused on opening a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy after receiving his blackbelt from Renzo Gracie himself. During this time he worked towards legalizing MMA in the state of Maryland, eventually passing legalization in one session – an unheard of feat with new legislature. With the arena wide-open, Rallo has spent years promoting shows and building a roster of packed talent, with several fighters going to the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Dana White’s Contender Series and PFL amongst others.

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  • ‘I was feeling so happy’: Junior dos Santos releases injury update after Eagle FC 47 loss
    by Shaun Al-Shatti on May 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Eagle FC Junior dos Santos is moving on from the disappointment of his Eagle FC debut. The former UFC heavyweight champion lost to Yorgan De Castro on Friday night at Eagle FC 47 in a fight he was likely winning before a third-round shoulder injury rendered him unable to continue. It was another unlucky break for dos Santos, who was competing for the first time outside of the UFC since 2008 and has now lost five consecutive bouts. Dos Santos addressed the difficult setback over the weekend with an update on social media, explaining that his shoulder is now “back into place” and that he felt better in the cage against De Castro than he’s felt “in a long, long time.” “My shoulder is back into place,” dos Santos said on Instagram. “In this position like this, I’m not feeling any pain. I already talked to my doctor, we’re going to do some exams and figure out what’s going to be the procedures to get this thing better as soon as possible. But before going to bed, I would like to share with you guys that I was feeling so happy. I was feeling very good during the fight, like I haven’t felt in a long, long time.” Despite his injury, dos Santos received ample praise from his new promoter, Eagle FC president Khabib Nurmagomedov, who described the Brazilian as “looking amazing” before the unlucky turn of events. Nurmagomedov said post-fight that he believes a potential co-promoted bout against Fedor Emelianenko with the help of Bellator MMA is “still viable” despite dos Santos’ loss, and that he’d like to do the fight at the end of 2022. Nurmagomedov said he is meeting with Bellator president Scott Coker this coming week to discuss the potential cross-promotional matchup between the heavyweight legends. Dos Santos’ full post-fight statement can be read and watched below. “Hey guys, I’m home already. I took my shower, I had my dinner, I’m ready to get some rest now. My shoulder is back into place. In this position like this, I’m not feeling any pain. I already talked to my doctor, we’re going to do some exams and figure out what’s going to be the procedures to get this thing better as soon as possible. But before going to bed, I would like to share with you guys that I was feeling so happy. I was feeling very good during the fight, like I haven’t felt in a long, long time. And it was good. It was good because I was able to deliver everything that I worked for. The hard work we put in the gym, I was able to bring inside the octagon on the day of the fight, and things were working good for us until we had this injury.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Junior Cigano Dos Santos ️➕ (@juniorcigano) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Junior Cigano Dos Santos ️➕ (@juniorcigano)

  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk admits new UFC contract could be her last, but ‘physically, mentally I’m just happy’ right now
    by Damon Martin on May 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk has always been realistic about the time she has left in the sport. Even when she was on top of the world as UFC strawweight champion, the now 34-year-old Polish fighter was honest enough to admit that she wouldn’t be able to compete forever. While she didn’t exactly put a deadline on her career, Jedrzejczyk acknowledged her desire to eventually start a family while as well as the toll fighting takes on the body and mind over the years. That said, Jedrzejczyk is feeling rejuvenated after signing a new long-term deal with the UFC, but it’s also possible that will be the last contract she’ll ink before her career is over. “For sure [it could be my final contract],” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Fighting. “It’s a six-fight deal. But this fight is not going to be my last fight or the second or the third — I feel a second wind. “I’m turning 35 this year and I never felt so good. Physically, mentally, I’m just happy.” The constant work demanded to either remain champion or pursue the belt as one of the top contenders in her division requires Jedrzejczyk to make a lot of personal and professional sacrifices. Every time she competes, she leaves her home, her family, and a multitude of endorsement and business opportunities in her native Poland so she can train full-time at American Top Team in Florida. She wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything, because Jedrzejczyk loves the grind. But she’s not oblivious to the delicate balance that needs to be struck between her two worlds. “All of the opportunities I have outside of the gym and outside of the octagon, the money I can make isn’t easy because I have to work my ass so hard,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But somehow you need this extra motivation to get back to the octagon. “I can’t just go there and get my face beat up again for little money and no exposure, etc. There has to be something extra beside the love and the desire I have to this sport. I feel like I’m still one of the greatest in the strawweight division and I just want to go there and prove that on June 11.” Despite her accomplishments — including the longest reign as UFC strawweight champion in history — Jedrzejczyk still struggles to reconcile with her place in the sport because she is often reminded that she hasn’t been the champion in five years. As she approaches her return in a rematch against Zhang Weili at UFC 275, Jedrzejczyk is content with all that she’s done, but believes she’s far from finished when it comes to her plans to add more accolades to her résumé. “I used to like to be on the go and not sit with my legacy,” Jedrzejczyk explained. “Now I approach [it like] the love in my life. My sports legacy is so big and some people are still saying I’m not the champion anymore. OK, but I’ve been there and I know my value. This is amazing. “That’s why I feel pure now going into this camp and this fight. I love Florida, I love American Top Team, I love Dan Lambert and all of these people, and it feels like I don’t want to leave. I want to spend more time training, to be around here, these people and fighting.” After enduring a 25-minute war with Zhang the last time around, which saw her absorb 170 strikes across five rounds, Jedrzjeczyk is anxious to avoid that kind of damage in the rematch. That punishment on fight night also came after an intense training camp where she had already pushed her body to the limit before she ever set foot in the UFC octagon. It all adds up, which is why Jedzrejczyk was so adamant about getting paid her worth for this new contract as she continues to recognize the kind of potential risk she takes each and every time she competes. “The hard work is so many weeks before the fight,” Jedrzejczyk said. “The fight is a pleasure, but it’s the hard part as well. We get a lot of damage and every fight, every camp takes something from us physically, mentally. “We have to know our value. I set my new goals and to protect myself but I feel like the next fight is going to be even better.”

  • Matt Brown tells crazy story about the only time he’s missed weight in UFC career — and how a fake doctor fooled everyone
    by Damon Martin on May 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Matt Brown has only missed weight one time in his UFC career, but it turns out there were bizarre circumstances surrounding that particular fight with Robbie Lawler back in 2014. During a recent appearance on The Fighter vs. The Writer, Brown revealed what actually happened including a rogue person wandering around backstage checking the weights of the athletes except for one major problem — they didn’t actually work for the California State Athletic Commission. Check out what Brown had to say about the situation and how the UFC dealt with the problem afterwards.

  • Sam Hughes ‘squashes’ beef with Daniel Cormier over ‘quitter’ comments before UFC Vegas 55
    by MMA Fighting Newswire on May 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC LAS VEGAS - UFC strawweight Sam Hughes reacts to her third-round TKO of Elise Reed at UFC Vegas 55, her post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier and more.

  • Logan Storley responds to ‘excuses’ from Coker, MVP: ‘If you’re so good, why didn’t you knock me out?’
    by Damon Martin on May 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Lucas Noonan/BELLATOR MMA Logan Storley achieved one of his ultimate goals at Bellator 281 when he became the promotion’s interim welterweight champion, but his split decision win over Michael “Venom” Page has also come along with a mountain of criticism. The four-time All-American wrestler from the University of Minnesota grounded Page with a grappling-heavy performance to win the interim belt, scoring multiple takedowns in the 25-minute fight. Afterward, Page slammed Storley’s game plan in an appearance on The MMA Hour, saying the wrestler “didn’t come to inflict damage, he came to survive.” In response, Storley fired back at Page for his inability to stop his wrestling, much less get up from the bottom to do much damage of his own on the feet. “I think he’s a great dude and he’s a hell of a fighter and I respect the hell out of ‘MVP,’ but at the end of the day, you couldn’t stop a takedown,” Storley told MMA Fighting. “You couldn’t stop anything I was doing on top. You couldn’t get away from me. Anyone that has a problem with that, I don’t know what to tell you. “I stood up with you for probably 10 or 11 minutes of the fight — why didn’t you drop me? Why didn’t you hurt me? I gave you all the time in the fourth round, we were both tired — why didn’t you knock me out? All he said before the fight was, ‘It only takes one second.’ Why didn’t you do that? That’s my question. If you’re so good, why didn’t you knock me out in that one second that it took?” Page had his best performance in the fourth round, however he spent the majority of the fight fending off Storley’s wrestling, which was really the story of the bout. Storley complimented Page on his quickness and distance control regarding the moments the action did stay standing, but the flashy Englishman still failed to land anything that really dazzled the judges scoring cageside. “You can’t sit here after the fight and come up with all these excuses,” Storley said. “I stood on the feet with you for eight to 10 minutes and you couldn’t hurt me. If you’re the world’s best striker and you’re so dangerous and it only takes a split second, well, you didn’t find it.” Storley also took aim at Page’s statement that he only needed to fix “one thing” in his game and he would become “the most lethal MMA fighter in the world.” “I just think it’s kind of arrogant,” Storley said. “I really respect him, I think he’s a great dude, but guess what? I don’t have the 20 years of boxing like I do in wrestling, and I understand that. “It’s funny when I hear fighters say, ‘If I fix one thing, I’ll beat this guy.’ Well, I wish you the best of luck with that.” Storley also faced criticism from Bellator MMA president Scott Coker, who declared afterwards that he scored the fight for Page. Coker condemned Storley for a wrestling-heavy game plan that he believed didn’t create any real threats in the fight, but instead amounted to Storley just “laying on somebody,” and “that’s not MMA.” While Storley understands that everybody is entitled to their opinion — including his boss at Bellator — the 29-year-old South Dakota native isn’t going to apologize for taking his best possible path to victory. “I mean, to each his own,” Storley said. “I think Scott scored it 48-47 Page, but which two rounds are you giving me? If you’re going to give me two rounds, why not give me the other two? You’re just guessing at this point. I respect Scott, me and him have a good relationship, but you can’t just pick and choose rounds that, ‘Oh, MVP won this.’ One, two, three, and five was clearly me, so which rounds are you giving me? “I respect Scott and we have a good relationship and Bellator’s done a lot for me. I love working for those guys, but I get it. Neiman Gracie, that’s a big guy of theirs — I beat him up. Then you have MVP, you’ve got the U.K. draw — I beat him up. So yeah, if you want to be mad, be mad. But I don’t care. I’m a world champ, and if they’re not happy, put whoever you have in front of me next.” In the grand scheme of things, Storley acknowledges that he still has plenty of room to improve, but he also won’t express regrets for beating Page in the most effective way available to him. “I have a brain and I know how to calculate things and I know where people are good, but I did what I had to do and I have the belt,” Storley said. “If anyone has a problem with that, I’m sorry. I always want to put on exciting fights, but I did what I had to do to win the fight.”


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