It was the first title fight of the night at the Night of Champions event which featured three amateur title fights. Ethan and Zachery came out starting the night off with some fireworks however they didn’t last very long as Ethan stopped Zachery in his tracks in just 69 seconds (01:19) into the fight.
Ethan was riding a two-fight win streak heading into this bout had to weather a powerful slam from Zachery who was trying to escape from the guillotine choke. It’s always tricky when going for a slam you want to make sure you put as much force and pressure on the slam as possible so your opponent either has to let go of the choke or on impact lets go of the choke. Otherwise you run the risk of helping your opponent by locking the submission on deeper or harder for you to get out. Fortunately for Ethan it was the latter of the two. Once he landed on the mat it was just a matter of squeezing the guillotine one last time before Zachery had enough.
Coming off a recent loss, Zachery, was looking to turn things around with this fight and show everyone the potential that he has. Zachery who has not, including this fight, made it past the halfway point of the first round in any of this fights in fact his fight happened to be the longest of his career.
This is the first title Ethan who was exuberant and elated at earning his first belt. Ethan trains with Vision MMA, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be joining teammate Blayne Hodges, current Spartan featherweight champion, as holders of Spartan titles.
We conducted a video interview with Ethan after his victory but unfortunately the music from the venue was too loud which distorted the quality of the audio feedback on the video. He said he’ll be taking a little time off before getting back into the gym where he will talk with his trainers before deciding whats next for him.
The next Spartan Fighting Championship event is currently scheduled for January 26th at the National Guard Armory located in Ashland, Kentucky. That’s just shy of two months out; might be just long enough for Ethan to rest before defending his title for the first time.