"Halloween Fury 2"
Escovedo successfully defends 145 lb belt, Carter wins World Welterweight title
Text and photos by Keith Mills
Lemoore, CA -- It was a quick night at the Palace Casino with the total amount of time fighters spent fighting totaling about forty minutes for twelve MMA fights and one muay thai fight, and almost half of that time was Shonie Carter vs. JT Taylor. Eighty-three percent of the fights didn't see a second round while submissions outnumbered KOs and TKOs this time around. Even with the short show length most fans that commented were more than satisfied with the production quality while the excitement of the endings seemed more important than whether they were very close or long fights.
Shonie Carter also picked up the WEC World Welterweight title by defeating JT Taylor in a judges' decision. With Shonie landing unorthodox standup, but doing little damage while Taylor was crisper with his high kicks and straight jabs but didn't land as much. On the ground both fighters stalemated with Shonie unable to land serious strikes from the top while Taylor couldn't finish any of his submission attempts. In the end the judges' decision of 88-84 for Shonie seemed to be mainly due to Shonie's unstoppable takedowns.
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