3 New Champions Crowned At IT Fight Series 46
Paul Shough (5-1) entered his heavyweight title defense with Isaac Hook
(5-3) with something to prove. Little did we know that he would be on a warpath of destruction.
IT Fight Series 46 took place at the Stars Indoor Sports Complex in Columbus, Ohio. The event was streamed live on iPPV. You can catch the replay of the event by clicking here.
The first of four titles on the line, Shough wasted little time finding his groove. From the start, the heavyweight champion was able to connect with strike after strike landing what seemed like every attempt. His opponent Hook wasn’t without connecting shots. He too landed some clean combinations, but it failed in comparison to that of Shough.
Before the close of the opening round, referee Jerry Poe had to stop the fight. He called the doctor into the cage to check out the hematoma swelling over the left eye of Hook. It formed early on in the round after Shough was able to connect with numerous blows. The fight resumed and the Iron Tiger Fight Team competitor went right back to work landing more shots before the round came to an end.
Moments into the second the audience heard the crack that would silence the entire venue. Attempting a kick, Hook was checked by the shin of Shough. At first, Hook planted his right foot, and all seemed well. He went to move readjusting his foot placement, and the next thing we see is Hook buckling as his leg gave way. The fight was immediately called off, and Hook was stretchered out of the arena and to the hospital.
It was the first title defense for Shough after he won the title when he successfully submitted Cody Kelley at IT Fight Series 40.
Before we get into other key highlights, here are the night’s BluegrassMMA award winners:
‘of the Night’ Award Winners
Submission of the Night: Aaron Bush
Knockout of the Night: Deion Clark
Fight of the Night: Avery Arellano vs. Anson Hunnel
Performance of the Night: Paul Shough
To see the results from IT Fight Series 46, click here.
Adli Ewards outlasts Mark Carosella in title fight
Adli Edwards (8-1) earned the unanimous decision win over Mark Carosella (6-1) to become the new amateur featherweight champion. It is the second title for the Ronin Training Center product. He captured the RFO featherweight title last year after he defeated Rich Cantolina.
The match-up between the two featherweights went back and forth with Adli getting the better of the two on feet while the then champion faired much better on the ground.
Along with his new status as featherweight champion, Edwards extends his winning streak to three while also handing Carosella his first defeat.
Nikolai Gionti captures interim flyweight title
Undefeated Nikolai Gionti (6-0) defeated former title contender Floyd Cisco (4-4). The GriffonRawl fighter was able to maintain composure throughout the fight after he was failed to submit Cisco multiple times.
Patience paid off for Gionti as he was finally able to secure the submission midway through the final round. The victory celebration was short lived however as current IT Fight Series flyweight champion Joe Pimentel came into the cage.
The announcer informed the crowd that the two champions would square off at a future date to unify the title. With the next event just over two months away it gives enough time for Gionti to recover from this fight and Pimentel from injury.
Logan Urban cruises his way to welterweight gold
In the fourth amateur title fight of the night, two undefeated fighters in Logan Urban (5-0) and Caleb Frasher (4-1) met in the cage for the vacant welterweight championship.
The fight started off but after Urban proved to be too much for Frasher to handle so he tried to take it to the ground. Urban fell into the trap on several occasions. His corner instructed him to get back to his feet after Frasher attempted several submissions.
After wearing himself out in the earlier rounds, Frasher gassed himself out in the later rounds of the fight. Urban took advantage and was able to grind Frasher to capture his first amateur title.
A night to remember at IT Fight Series 46
17 fights and five hours later fans walked away having witnessed one of the most entertaining events of the year aside from the heat that almost made the show unbearable.
Of course, the Isaac Hook injury might be the talk of the evening, but it wasn’t the only highlight of the show.
From Deion Clark’s impressive knockout to Avery Arellano and Anson Hunnel’s back and forth battle, IT Fight Series 46 had many memorable moments and many incredible fights. That’s not even taking into consideration Brandon Loring’s first round submission of Gary Drew and Aaron Bush’s come from behind win.
The promotion is set to return October 22 in Akron, Ohio. Stay tuned to BluegrassMMA.com for more information as it becomes available.
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