The first event for Turf Wars is officially in the books. If last night were any indication of the promotion’s future, all signs would point to 2015 being a good year. Typically, the organization hosts the show in the main concourse of Turfway Park but due to other obligations the venue moved the event to the upstairs area. Which to me the new location was a nice change of scenery.
Zach Baker Stuns Crowd With Impressive Finish
One thing that stood out to me as I arrived and made my way towards the cage was the amount of fans that came out to support the fighters. They made their presence known several times throughout the night as the fighters’ names were announced. One of the loudest ovations came when Scot Wegman made his way to the cage.
Fighting for the promotions vacant bantamweight title, Wegman was coming off an extended layoff due to an injury that kept him on the sidelines. Things didn’t go the way he hoped as Zack Baker of Alliance MMA was able to execute a well-timed head kick that dropped Wegman to the ground. Baker immediately seized the opportunity, landed a few more strikes before the referee called a stop to the action. The knockout earned Baker our ‘Knockout of the Night’ award.
‘of the Night’ Awards presented by Bangtown Fightwear
Submission of the Night: Billy “Mojo” Horne
Knockout of the Night: Zachary Baker
Fight of the Night: Evan Samad and Stephen Scott
Performance of the Night: Grant Cantanzaro
For full results of Turf Wars 23, click here.
Shaun Asher Dominate In Return Fight
Coming out of retirement, Shaun Asher told us that he wants to make one last run at the UFC. Last night he wasted no time in getting the fight over. In typical Asher form, he used his wrestling abilities to neutralize Pennington from executing his game plan. It took the Bellator veteran less than two minutes to earn the stoppage that moved him to an impressive 8-1 overall. His lone loss came at the hands of Bellator fighter, and local product, Jason Butcher.
The question now, or at least one that sticks out is, how long before Asher returns to the cage. Not getting any younger, the Alliance MMA fighter appeared to come out unscathed from the match-up against Pennington. “Asher has said he would love to get right back at it,” Gary Thomas explained, “so be on the lookout for ‘The Bully’ to make a fight announcement soon.”
Laterl Perdue Skips Town
To be honest, I don’t even know why I am even mentioning Latral Perdue. He was set to fight Charles Stanford last night at Turf Wars but ended up accepting a fight with V3 instead. Let me give you the quick run-down from the facts that I know about this so-called “fighter.” Unbeknownst to Stanford and officials with Turf Wars, they were under the impression that Perdue was still going to show up to fight in Florence and not 7 hours away in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to an official with Turf Wars, Perdue was sent a contract many weeks ago but failed to turn it in. When officials tried to reach out to Perdue to see what the hold-up was, he informed them that he sent the contract in; they apparently did not receive it. So to play it safe, the promotion sent the contract again. As Stanford arrived at the venue, he found out the news that he would not be competing. “Fight got canceled again,” wrote Stanford. It’s unfortunately not the first time this has happened to him, and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if this weren’t the last.
In case you were wondering, Perdue was submitted in 0:33 seconds of the first round of his fight at V3. Karma? I think so, but you can be the judge of that. Of course, there are two sides to every story, and we have only heard one side.
Mark Your Calendars For Turf Wars 24
It’s not official quite yet, but rumor is Turf Wars will be returning to Turfway Park on March 14th for their next event. As of now, no official word on fights but professional fighter Eric Moell hinted that he might be looking to make his return to the cage. Stay tuned to BluegrassMMA.com for details as they become available.
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