A Bowling Green man has been charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the death of up-and-coming Ohio MMA fighter Phil Masterson this weekend on South Bass Island.
Zachary J. Brody, 27, was arrested by Ottawa County Sheriff's Office investigators at his home in Bowling Green Wednesday, after being interview by detectives, Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said.
Masterson's body was found by family members beneath a tarp in a wooded area near the Island Club cottages on Put-in-Bay Road Tuesday afternoon, Bratton said. Investigators say Masterson, 25, was likely beaten to death, the Sandusky Register reported, after it appeared he had been involved in a serious altercation.
According to a Put-in-Bay police report, Masterson's mother believed he went missing late Sunday night, around midnight. Late Monday, family members came to the island in search of him; Masterson had gone to the island with friends over the weekend.
Bratton said his body was discovered at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Reportedly, both Brody and Masterson were at a party near an Island Club cabin where Masterson had been saying. At some point, they had an argument which led to fighting, Bratton said.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what they were arguing about.
Masterson was known as a hopeful talent in the mixed martial arts, and was seeking to fight professionally. Trained by his older brother Matt Masterson, Phil had recently won matches in northeast Ohio.