Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A good first impression

Much has been made about local mixed martial arts fighter Zach Davis from Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg being a competitor on this season of "The Ultimate Fighter". When news broke that Zach would be a part of this season's cast, he seemed to conduct interview after interview with local news outlets, which I'm sure brought him more attention than he expected.

But if Zach was feeling any pressure as he prepared for his first fight on the show, he sure didn't show it once he stepped into the cage. He made relatively easy work of Chuck O' Neill, a game fighter who competed for Team Lesnar, with a first round submission victory via triangle choke.

Tonight we will learn Zach's fate for this season's quarterfinal round. But while it still remains to be seen whether Zach will be a part of the UFC or not, two of his Evolve Academy teammates are experienced success of their own.

Jason Morris and Marshall Thompson both won their respective fights at Shogun Fights IV, which was held late last month in Baltimore. Jason won his fight via first-round submission while Thompson secured a unanimous decision victory. Although I did not attend the event, I will post a more comprehensive recap of the show in the coming days. I have done a little training with Jason previously and the fact he won in the first round is not surprising at all.

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