After years of fighting the laws in the state of Maryland, Shogun Fights organizer and former MMA competitor, John Rallo, is bringing the excitement of professional MMA and all of its loyal fans to the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

In May of 2008, Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill legalizing MMA in Maryland with the full support of the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

“I have been involved in MMA since 1998. It is a great sport, with great athletes,” says Rallo. “Our fighters have trained hard to compete for MMA titles in front of their friends, family and thousands of fans in the ring at the 1st Mariner Arena. Finally Marylanders are able to enjoy what Shogun Fights has been working so hard to provide. It is entertainment in the purest form.”

Tickets can be purchased through the 1st Mariner Arena box office, 410-547-SEAT, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices are based on seat location and range from $25 for general admission to $250 for tickets which include a meet and greet with the fighters, VIP catered dinner and seating in the first three rows.

“Shogun Fights 1” fight card:

  • Binky Jones vs. Jay McLean
  • Cody Donovan vs. Joe Stripling
  • Steve Deangelis vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
  • Carey Vanier vs. Paul Mann
  • Mike Paschall vs. Scott Ayers
  • Dave Daniecki vs. Wade Drake
  • Joey Kirwan vs. Dan Root
  • Ryan Macki vs. Doug Sonier
  • Jacob Kirwan vs. Brad Pole
  • Rick Desper vs. Andrew McCoy
  • Jim Hettes vs. Steven Baker
(Fight Card subject to change without notice)

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4 thoughts on “Shogun Fights brings Maryland its first ever pro MMA event on Oct. 24”
  1. Normally I wouldn’t think it would be a good idea to have a show the same night as a UFC, but in this case is shouldn’t matter because ticket sales are slow for UFC 104 and there aren’t any fighters on the show who are big draws as far as PPV buys are concerned.

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