Jon Delbrugge improved his professional Mixed Martial Arts record to 6-2 this weekend at the Baltimore Royal Farms arena. Fighting on the Shogun Fights 12 card, Delbrugge faced off against Vaja Iormaghvili of Pure Performance MMA. The fight would be the co-main event and would take place in the 155 pound weight class. A resident of Howard County, Maryland, Delbrugge was able to sell over 200 tickets and fill the seats for his first professional fight in the state of Maryland.
Iormaghvili holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Pedro Sauer as well as a Judo Black Belt. Delbrugge is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt at powerhouse Baltimore Jiu Jitsu school, Crazy 88 but was looking to display his improved stand up striking abilities.
The first round was fairly enough with Delbrugge looking more controlled on the feet and Vaja throwing powerful haymakers. There were a few good takedown attempts by Delbrugge but his opponent was able to effectively defend most of them. Near the end of the round, Delbrugge got on top, passed the guard, and applied some effective GnP before the bell rang.
The Ground and Pound seemed to have tired Iormaghvili in round 2, and Delbrugge got to better and better grappling positions, including a Kimura that had the audience grimacing. Round 3 was more of the same as Delbrugge won the round, both on the feet and on the ground. Rather than a near-submission Kimura however, it was near-submission rear naked choke in Round 3 that Vaja gutted out.
In the ends, the judges gave the unanimous decision to Delbrugge.
After the fight, Delbrugge announced that his wife and him were expecting the birth of their first child as well as a trip next week to Las Vegas – for The Ultimate Fighter tryout.