Richie Smullen won his pro debut at Shinobi War 8 in Liverpool on Saturday night beating fellow debutant Jay Moogan of Liverpool Vale Tudo via heelhook. Smullen battled through adversity after getting caught in a deep guillotine before breaking free and getting a submission of his own.
His teammate John Byrne won the Shinobi FC amateur lightweight title by beating a previously undefeated Jack Flynn, also of Liverpool Vale Tudo.
There was a bit of unfortunate news for SBG on the night as Ben Forsyth, who has been very vocal about wanting to fight lately, was left without an opponent on the night as Andrei Backorz withdrew hours before their scheduled fight.
Liverpool Vale Tudo did have some success against the Irish as Sheldon Reid defeated Malahide MMA's Barry Hanna via rear naked choke in the co-main event.
Am Bantamweight Title Co-Main Event
Sheldon Reid (4-0) Liverpool VT def. Barry Hanna (2-2) Malahide MMA via RNC.
Am Lightweight Title
John Byrne (7-1) SBG def. Jack Flynn (6-1) Next Gen Liverpool (finish TBC).
Richie Smullen (1-0) SBG def. Jay Moogan (0-1) Liverpool VT via heelhook.
Pro Light Heavyweight
Ben Forsyth (1-0) SBG vs. Andrzei Backorz (2-7) Liverpool VT cancelled