12/8: SHOGUN FIGHTS III airing on CSN (Comcast SportsNet) Sat. Dec 11th

This Saturday December 11th at 11:00 PM, Shogun Fights III (from Saturday November 13th at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore Maryland) will be shown on CSN - Comcast SportsNet.

Shogun Fights III featured past Shogun Fights veterans Binky Jones (Shogun Fights I & II), Ryan McGowan (Shogun Fights II), Ryan Mackin (Shogun Fights I), Gemiyale Adkins (Shogun Fights II), Dave Daniecki (Shogun Fights II) and Dan Root (Shogun Fights I). Shogun Fights III also featured the likes of UFC & Ultimate Fighter veteran Frankie Lester, the mma debut of Local boxing favorite Russ Shifflet and talented up and coming fighters Mikey Baldwin (Jackson's MMA), Dustin Pague (MASE Training Center) and Zack Davis (Evolve Academy).

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Channel Listing. (full channel listings)

11/18: 105.7 the Fan on SHOGUN FIGHTS III

Saturday night at 1st Mariner Arena, John Rallo and his staff put on their third successful Shogun Fights in front of about 5,000 people. From the programs, to ring-card girls, to production, audio, fights and lighting, it had the feel of a UFC-type event.

Since Rallo’s first event at 1st Mariner a year ago, Ravens players have been frequent visitors to Shogun Fights. Ray Rice, Brendon Ayanbadejo and several of their teammates have been to the two previous cards. On Saturday night, there were several players at the event: Haloti Ngata, Jarrett Johnson, Lardarius Webb, Paul Kruger, Haruki Nakamura, Jameel McClain, Arthur Jones, Darnell Ellerbe, Prescott Burgess, Tavares Gooden, Brian Mattison and former Raven Edgar Jones.

Talking to some of those guys, they were either fans of the sport already, or they had heard about how well-run the event was from their teammates who had attended the previous fights and wanted to see it for themselves.

Having a chance to work in the back with the fighters, everyone commented on how “big-league” the show is. For fighters, it is little things like having a spread of fruit, water, towels, etc., in dressing rooms — that many other shows do not provide — to having professionally done introductions to the ring with lights, music and video.

Whether you are a fan of the sport or not, Shogun Fights is a tremendous event to attend. It is something that Baltimore can take pride in calling their own. Congrats to Rallo and his staff for putting on a first-class event downtown that we will probably see more of in the near future.

By Casey Willett. (full article)

11/10: SHOGUN FIGHTS III is this Saturday

If you don't already have your tickets for Shogun Fights III this Saturday November 13th, you only have a couple days left. Fighters are turning back in their unsold tickets and good seats are still available.

Weigh Ins are this Friday November 12th at the Sheraton City Center Hotel.

There is a Meet and Greet with Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Mike Brown at the Greene Turtle Westminster Friday November 12th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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10/27: SHOGUN FIGHTS III VIP Guests Update

Shogun Fights III on Saturday November 13th will have the biggest VIP Guest list to date. Scheduled to appear at Shogun Fights III are MMA fighters Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia and Mike Brown, Baseball hall of famer & stolen base King Ricky Henderson, Football Players Jarrett Johnson, Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata.

VIP Guests and the fight card are subject to change.

10/24: SHOGUN FIGHTS Bus Trips

For the first time, Bill Bateman's Glen Burnie and Jimmy's Seafood are planning bus trips for Shogun Fights III. If you hate driving in the City, than this is the perfect opportunity for you. Contact one of these locations to find out more information.

Bill Bateman's Glen Burnie
Ph: 410-760-5535
805 Aquahart Rd
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
FAX: 410-760-9826

Jimmy's Seafood
Ph: 410-633-4040
6526 Holabird Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224-6244

10/19: SHOGUN FIGHTS gets Corporate Sponsors

As Shogun Fights III approaches, the buzz around the promotion gets some corporate interest. This week Bud Light, Ciroc and Crown Royal sign on as sponsors for the November 13th Shogun Fights III event.

10/19: Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore Magazine has a feature article on Shogun Fights promoter John Rallo. In the article John talks about MMA in Maryland. Check out the November edition to read the entire article which starts on page 134 and spans 4 pages of coverage.

Baltimore Magazine

10/14: SHOGUN FIGHTS III Hotel Info

The official hotel of Shogun Fights III is The Sheraton City Center Hotel located at 101 West Fayette Street - Baltimore, Maryland 21201 (this is not the Sheraton Inner Harbor). The Sheraton City Center Hotel is directly across the street from the 1st Mariner Arena.

Call the Sheraton at (410) 752-1100 and ask for the Shogun Fights Room Rate. The rate will be $99 per night.


Shogun Fights III on Saturday November 13th will have the biggest VIP Guest list to date. Scheduled to appear at Shogun Fights III are former UFC welterweight Champion Matt Serra, UFC veteran Pete "Drago" Sell, WEC lightweight contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, WEC featherweight contender Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia and former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, MLB hall of famer & stolen base King Ricky Henderson and you can expect to see several members of the Baltimore' Pro Football Team.

Shogun Fights III will be Maryland's mma event of the year!


Shogun Fights III is Saturday November 13th 2010 at the 1st Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore. Check out the fight card (Click Here)!

Shogun Fights III will feature Elite XC veteran Jon Murphy from MTV's Bully Beatdown and the return of past Shogun Fights veterans Binky Jones (Shogun Fights I & II), Ryan McGowan (Shogun Fights II), Ryan Mackin (Shogun Fights I), Gemiyale Adkins (Shogun Fights II), Dave Daniecki (Shogun Fights II) and Dan Root (Shogun Fights I). Shogun Fights III will also feature several other talented fighters for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Come Back soon for more information on the VIP Party & the Official Afterparty.


Tickets go on Sale Friday September 17th. You can purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com or the 1st Mariner Arena box office.


SHOGUN FIGHTS II Comes to Comcast Sports Net!

On Sunday April 25th at 11:00 PM, Maryland's premier MMA event returns to Comcast Sports Net. Shogun Fights II was held at the 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday March 27th 2010.

It will be seen through VA, DC, MD DE, and part of PA, potentially 4.6 million homes.

Comcast Cable: Channel 7, Direct TV: Channel 642 and Fios: Channel 66 on Fios.

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SHOGUN FIGHTS I Now on Comcast On Demand!

Click the "On Demand" button on your Comcast cable remote. Select the "Get Local" option, than select "Sports" and finally select "Shogun Fights". Maryland's Inaugural MMA event that was held at the 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday Oct 24th 2009, Shogun Fights I is available for free.


Interview with Shogun Fights’ Ryan McGowan

One down, more to follow. Riding the high of a TKO win in his professional MMA debut at Shogun Fights II, Baltimore-based Super Heavyweight Ryan McGowan is one to keep tabs on. Huge, yet humble, he fights out of one of the Mid-Atlantic’s best training centers at Ground Control under the watchful eye of WEC vet John Rallo and is already making a waves thanks to his heavy hands and a willingness to learn. We caught up with McGowan to get his thoughts on his quick work in his debut, seeing himself on TV, and his goals within MMA.

Click here to read more about Ryan McGowan on MMA Full Contact. Special thanks to Tom Geraci of mmafullcontact.com.



Enjoying Shogun Fights II at ringside were Olympian Michael Phelps, Baltimore Ravens Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Prescott Burgess, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Marcus Smith and Dannell Ellerbe as well as Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Special thanks to Kevin Richardson of the Baltimore Sun for the video.

SHOGUN FIGHTS III will be in the Fall of 2010!

Stay tuned for the official fight card & ticket info. More details from Shogun Fights II will be released in the coming days. Check back soon for event pictures & videos.

3/29: Shogun Fights II Results

Shogun Fights II put on an exciting night of fights.

Rick Desper won the opening bout over Steven Baker by submission armbar in 1:59 of the first round. Desper said after, “I expected to win by submission, that was my game plan.”

Click here to read more from the Baltimore Sun's MMA Stomping Grounds.

3/28: Shogun II, The Next Big Thing

BALTIMORE, M.D. - One of the most entertaining sporting events in Maryland this year had everything, almost. Shogun Fights II, a mixed martial arts event held at the 1st Mariner Arena, was a follow-up to the highly praised Shogun Fights event headlined by Promoter John Rallo.

Rallo’s Shogun Fights II boasted a thrilling, well-run event that included some of the East Coast’s brightest underground talent, starting with a large crop of athletes from locally in Maryland. The event also had a classic high-level fight ambiance to it, beautiful women, a dichotomy of family fun and “boy’s night out”, star power and the winningest Olympic athlete ever in Michael Phelps—you know, the minimum for a great event.

Click here to read more from the DC Sports Box.

3/24: Weigh In Info

Weigh ins are open to the media & public.  All fighters and special guests are available for pictures and interviews. Meeting Rooms & Public Areas have wireless internet access.

Shogun Fights II Weigh ins

Friday March 26th 2010

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor @ Camden Yards (110 South Eutaw Street - Baltimore, MD 21201)

4:00 PM in the East Ballroom




3/23: Doors Open

This Saturday March 27th, the doors open (Entrance E-5) at 3:30 PM for the pre-fight VIP party (4:00 PM-6:00 PM / Rooms 101A - 109). Than at 5:00 PM the 1st Mariner Arena will open the doors to all non-VIP tickets.

3/17: 2 New videos added

Recently Kevin Richardson of the Baltimore Sun conducted interviews with Shogun Fights promoter John Rallo and Boxer turned MMA fighter Mike "The Persecutor" Paschall.

3/13: Tommy Lee lends New song to Shogun Fights

Shogun Fights would like to thank Tommy Lee for allowing us to use "Fight Song" in our opening video.

Tommy allowed us to use this song before it is released. Fight Song will be officially released on May 11 on his upcoming Methods of Mayhem CD titled "A Public Disservice Announcement". Methods of Mayhem is a solo project of Tommy Lee featuring his partner DJ Aero. The first Method's CD was amazing and we are looking forward to the release of his second Method's project.

3/12: New Tickets Released to the Public

Shogun Fights and the 1st Mariner Arena have released new tickets to the public for purchase for Shogun Fights II March 27th. If you haven't already purchased your ticket, now you may be able to get closer to the action.

If you purchase your ticket via Ticket Master, type in 98 Rock and receive a % 20 discount on your ticket price.

3/09: Shogun Fights II VIP Party

The Shogun Fights II VIP dinner menu has been posted to the "VIP Dinner" page.

3/09: Field House Live - With Ground Control

Click here to read full article via Harm Industries.

3/07: Shogun Fights II Event Info

3/06: Shogun Fights II Official Afterparty

We are proud to announce the official Shogun Fights II afterparty is being held at Mist presented by Rob & Bobby of JetsetMafia immediately following the show. Mist is located at 124 Market Place. Come hang out with Shogun Fights promoter John Rallo, WEC Lightweight #1 contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and WEC Featherweight contender Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia. You have to be 21 + to attend. Bring your Shogun Fights II event ticket to Mist to avoid waiting in line and you get a reduced cover charge.

Mist has a mega club feel with a free floating dance floor. Above the dance floor, you can find 15 Cryro freese efx cold air blasts. The sound is pristine and the lightshow gives the crowd a big venue feel. All of this plus much more makes mist a unforgetable night and a a-list destination in baltimore.

For VIP Table reservations at the Shogun Fights II afterparty, call Bobby at (410) 707-8500 or Rob at (443) 618-2332.


3/03: Shogun Fights II Official Hotel

Shogun Fights is proud to announce the official hotel for the Shogun Fights II event is The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards. The Marriott Inner Harbor is located 110 South Eutaw Street.



3/02: VIP pre-fight party UPDATE!

Shogun Fights II is just a few weeks away. If you haven't purchased your ticket already, consider purchasing a VIP ticket. The VIP ticket package is $ 250.00. This package includes a dinner provided by Valentino's catering, open bar provided by Sailor Jerry and live music from Maynard Edwards' band Mobtown Saints. You will get a ringside seat in the 1st 4 rows. The VIP party starts at 4:00 PM (2 hours before the show starts). Special guests at the party will be WEC #1 lightweight contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone ( Cowboy is fighting for the lightweight title in April) and Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia. More special guests will be announced soon (all special guests are subject to change).

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2/09: MMA not Easy

Inside MMA with Rob Long

Rob Long takes you inside the world of Mixed Martial Arts with his new blog at PressBoxOnline.com, "Inside MMA with Rob Long."

Click here to read full article via PressBox Online.

2/05: Shogun Fights ready for round 2

After a very successful first fight card in October, Baltimore is taking another swing at mixed martial arts March 27 at 1st Mariner Arena. Some familiar fighters from the first MMA event will be on the card. The event is once again being promoted by Shogun Fights, which is based here in Baltimore. They are calling this card Shogun Fights 2; I guess they're carrying on the UFC tradition of numbering each MMA card.

Click here to read full article via Baltimore Sun.