Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ready for their close-up

It wasn't "SportsCenter", but it was close.

Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg was recently the subject of a feature on the local Comcast SportsNet network here in Maryland. One of their shows, Geico SportsNite, profiled the gym and its reporter, Michael Jenkins, participated in the gym's popular "Primal Skills" mixed martial arts fitness program, which is still a program I hope to begin taking part in as well. The recession does affect everyone y'know. Even us bloggers.

Anywho, the piece also featured Royce Gracie, one of the original practitioners of Gracie jiu-jitsu and widely considered the innovator of MMA and one of the first and most prominent competitors in the original UFC. In addition to Gracie there were also interviews with current and former UFC lightweight competitors Sean Sherk and Jens Pulver.

Jenkins also interviewed Evolve's owner Mike Moses and Master Mike shared some of his perspective on MMA, most notably the widely held belief that it is vastly superior to boxing. Moses mentioned the corruption that is allegedly widespread throughout boxing (which I agree with; it's no secret that Don King basically screwed Mike Tyson out of thousands, if not millions of dollars) and the fact that many times boxing fans truly don't get the fight they want (which is particularly true at the moment as it relates to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao).

All in all it was a very informative and entertaining segment. While this show is only broadcast regionally, Maryland is still a relatively new market for MMA and can serve as a good introduction for someone who is new to the sport.

The full segment on Evolve and MMA can be seen here.

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