Monday, June 27, 2011

You see them on the street, but....

One of the more interesting things of my immersion into mixed martial arts is finding out how deep the Maryland MMA scene is connected to the national stage in organizations like the UFC. It's also interesting to find out that there may be more to the people you see in the office every day than meets the eye, to borrow a terrible cliché from Transformers.

Apparently UFC heavyweight Christian Morecraft is a native of Prince George's County. The story doesn't say where in PG Morecraft hails from and I distinctly remember watching a replay of his fight against Stefan Struve and hearing him described as a native of the New England MMA scene. However, fighters often travel to areas outside of their hometown in order to train and join a camp.

Unfortunately, Morecraft found himself on the wrong end of a wicked knockout from Matt Mitrione (the weird guy from Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" who claimed to hear voices) last night at the "UFC Live" event in Pittsburgh. If it wasn't for Cheick Kongo's insane comeback and knockout of Pat Barry last night, Morecraft would have been involved in the "Knockout of the Night" for all the wrong reasons.

But while Morecraft is still finding his way, Mike Young, a junior league wrestling coach from Dundalk, won his second MMA fight earlier this month in Delaware. The MMA world is rife with fighters with unique day jobs, mostly famously Rich Franklin in the UFC, whose story of being a math teacher before becoming one of the more prominent fighters in recent UFC history is well-known.

There's a feeling throughout society that people you pass just walking down the street may have an amazing, interesting (or sinister) story that you would have no idea about just by looking at them. In the case of Young and Rich Franklin, the teachers and coaches who look after your kid at school may enjoy beating up guys on the weekends. You just don't know.

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