Monday December 7, 2015– It has been a banner year for MMA in St. Louis thanks in large part to Shamrock FC President Jesse Finney. Working closely with Bellator’s Scott Coker the two were able to bring Bellator to the Scottrade Center twice in a six month span. It’s expected the Bellator banner will have two tent pole events next year as well.
With that said Shamrock FC champions can gain a long-term contract with Bellator by winning a Shamrock FC strap and making a defense of that title. On Saturday at River City Casino the first of those steps were on the line in the Main Event as Bobby Brents took on Fred Brown for the vacant Shamrock Heavyweight Title.
In speaking with both Brents and Brown prior to their fight both gave indications for the Shamrock fans to expect the fight not to go to the judges. Neither disappointed after a back and forth first round it was a late take down for Brents that would give him the scoring nod in the first round.
Early in the second the two were swinging for the fences. In doing so something went wrong with Brown’s shoulder. Brents quickly capitalized and got the second round TKO stoppage and the vacant Shamrock FC Heavyweight title.
In the Co-Main Event if there could be a track meet inside the cage Trevor Ward and Kendrick Latchman two of the best Flyweights in the St. Louis area fit that mold. The feverish pace was expected by both fighters. Ward was able to land a barrage of kicks to Latchman but it was Latchman that made adjustments and was able to do a great job of closing the distance. After another fast paced round two with a possible decision being a coin flip it stayed back and forth with Ward still landing his kicks which may have ultimately been his on doing as he was unable to continue late into round three. Giving the victory to Latchman.
A much-anticipated battle between Dan O’Connor and Nick McClean had plenty of build up as the two went back and forth via social media. O’Connor done a great job in the first looking for a submission finish from his back none the less McClean got the nod in the first. Early on in the second McClean was able to secure another take down and this time was able to land numerous shots from the top with O’Connor against the cage and the ref stepped in earning McClean the TKO victory.
When a fighter steps up on just a few hours notice that takes a lot of heart and character. That’s just what Matt Murphy done in taking on Yohance Flager. But it was Flager that was able to pick of the victory in the second round via shoulder lock.
Aaron Highfill successfully made his return to the cage against Kevin Brown scoring an impressive rear naked choke submission midway through the second round after a dominating first round on the ground. To kick off the pro portion of the card.
On the amateur portion of the card. Shaun Scott made a successful defense of his Shamrock Middleweight title of a very game Sam Tamayo who took the fight on short notice. Scott’s strength was the difference as he scored the victory via rear naked choke.
Ashley Samples and Susie Wyatt was slated for the vacant Strawweight title but neither of these great ladies were able to get to the 115lb mark. Samples was able to defend against Wyatt’s take down attempts and scored the TKO victory with a flurry of punches and knees to the body late in the first round.
In MMA you will see many ways to score a KO victory but Cort Romerous versus David Evans may be the best of the year in any promotion as Romerous was able to land a huge spinning wheel kick catching Evans flush very early in the first round.
Steven Coleman was able to pick up a unanimous over Bob Hinchcliffe to extend his fight win streak to seven.
Ben Brown and Jace Burchman went to war but it Burchman was able to get the TKO victory late in the third round.
Todd Mikel and Luis Felipe got the show of with a bang as Felipe picked up the TKO victory early in the first.
This was Shamrock FC’s final event in 2015. Look for the entire list of events for 2016 at shamrockfc.com. Below you can find the KO kick and Photographs courtesy of Shamrock FC.
Cort Romerous versus David Evans KO victory kick:
Shamrock FC: Ultimate Photographs:
By: Dustin Hill FightBookMMA.com
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