Monday, August 8, 2011

Making the big time

Apologies for taking so much time between posts. I became pretty sick after my last post and then enjoyed a very relaxing vacation to Florida. Unfortunately, once I returned this weekend, I woke up Sunday morning and my previous illness had returned. So it's been an eventful few weeks for me.

But I finally am able to make a new post and share some information about another local mixed martial arts fighter who is getting an opportunity to compete at the highest level in the UFC. Mike "The Hulk" Easton, a member of Team Lloyd Irvin in Camp Springs, was recently signed by the UFC and the gym shared the news through a YouTube video.

Easton mentions in the video that he wants to compete with everyone in the 135-pound division, which lends one to believe he is a bantamweight and it would actually put him in the same division as UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, who has also trained with Lloyd Irvin in the past, including for his most recent victory at UFC 132 over Urijah Faber.

Irvin mentions in the video above that Easton will make his UFC debut when it holds its first show in Washington, D.C. Oct. 1 at the Verizon Center. Coincidentally, Cruz will defend his title on the same show against Demetrious Johnson.

Easton is just another example of the homegrown MMA talent in Maryland that is getting their chance to shine in the UFC. From Brandon Vera to Christian Morecraft to Zach Davis and others, Maryland continues to carve out its niche in the MMA world and the UFC holding an event (with a title fight no less) in its backyard, in our nation's capital, is just another step toward Maryland establishing itself as a player in the MMA world.

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