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Shamrock FC: 272 - Recap

By Alex Silvius | for Knuckle Junkies

There must be some leftovers from the 4 of July at Shamrock FC's President Jesse Finney's household because Shamrock FC 272 had plenty of fireworks left for Friday night at the Ameristar.

With the pop of knock outs and sizzle of split decisions the fans were given quite the show. The whole night was entertaining throughout with the last three fights finishing the event with a bang.

"I thought it was as a whole it was some entertaining fight." Finney said. "It could definitely be better as all shows can. The main event absolutely delivered. We've had a really long couple of weeks, it's been a tough grind. We had Bellator two weeks ago and it's been a tough grind we went through. We've had six shows in like nine weeks."

The main event saw Kendrick Latchman battling Sharky Slyter for three, close rounds that had the judges split on who was the winner.

"Honestly, I didn't know if I won or not at the end of the fight," Slyter said. "It was pretty close. When you're out there you don't really know whats landing or not. My coaches said I need to get the takedown in the third round. I felt if I got the takedown and controlled the majority of the third round I would win the fight."

The first round was even on striking. Latchman ended the first round holding Slyter in a leg triangle. The second round was very even for both corners. The third and decisive round saw Slyter falling back to his wrestling background to secure solid take downs earning the split decision victory.

"My teammates said I look good, sand I was landing," Slyter said. "I didn't feel good. I felt sloppy. I wanted to keep it standing and show people I could bang with one of the best strikers in Kansas City. I wanted to keep it standing in the third but I knew that takedown would win it for me."

This was the second loss in a row for Latchman who had previously won 5 out of his first 6 contests.

"He didn't bring it," Slyter said. "He didn't push the pace like he does with other people. I don't know, I felt like he was scared of me for some reason."

The win improves Slyter to 3-1 as a pro.

Anthony Garret was impressive in his professional debut pounding out a quick victory. After some initial sparring and absorbing a low blow, Garret used an ankle pick to get Justin Grant to the mat.

"It's a move I go to a lot," Garret said. "It's just a quick little ankle pick I used to do when I wrestled in high school. I hit it on my last opponent, but Justin weighs a lot more. It felt easier, but maybe because I was angry from the kick to the crotch. I just ripped his ankle and he fell to his back, from there I held butterfly and threw elbows and punches until he tapped out."

Garret smothered Grant with strikes finishing the fight at 1:50 in the first round.

Jake Constant came all the way from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Kansas City on short notice to spoil the night for The People's Champ Aaron Poston.

"I took this fight on Wednesday, Rob called me and said he need med to come in." Constant said. "I just fought two weeks ago, so I was in shape. The gameplan was to come out and use my hands to open up my takedowns. I noticed my timing was a little better than his so I thought I would just go with it."

The superior striking was too much for Poston as Constant cruised to the TKO victory at 2:03 in the first round notching the 7th win of his professional career.

With a slow start Poston looked stiff and unsure of how to react to the footwork and relentless motion of Constant.

"I think the big thing was he was thrown off by my movement," Constant said. "Guys tend to think I'm going to shoot in right away, I'm, more into beating you into giving me the takedown. That was the gameplan."

Calvin Williams out of Dragon Family Martial Arts won a razor-thin split decision over Brandon Santana. Needing to rally from a rough first round, Williams was able to draw even in the second round, before using his wrestling to score points from the top in the third to take home the victory.

"I was just trying to keep my distance because I knew he would want to try and get in because of my reach." Williams said. "I just wanted to make him uncomfortable. (In the third) I hit him with more knee shots in the leg, and when I took him down I was able to do what I could until the end of the round."

As the summer heat continues on Shamrock FC's President promises one more big bang for the summer with KC favorite Vicious Bobby Volker returns on September 24th.

"I will say this, September 24th will be the best card we've ever brought to Kansas City," Finney said. "In October we have a little something special planned for Kansas City."

Full results:

Sharky Slyter DEF Kendrick Latchmen Split Decision
Jake Constant DEF Aaron Poston TKO 2:03 1st
Anthony Garret DEF Justin Grant TKO 1:50 1st
Calvin Williams DEF Brandon Santana Split Decision
Marcell Hubard DEF Nicholas Hutchison Guillotine Choke 0:55 1st

Preliminary Card
Travis Sumler DEF Jason Kiser Guillotine Choke 0:26 1st
Terrance Carter DEF Joey Fischer TKO mid-way 2nd
Jake Ryals DEF Dustin Cox Rear Naked Choke 2:36 1st
Cedric Nixon DEF Jacob Landes TKO 2:35 1st
Amber Jones DEF Tenisha Davis Unanimous Decision
Andrew Floyd DEF Gaige Reynolds KO 1:49 1st

Photo courtesy of Jerry Chavez Photography

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