In addition to being my favorite running joke on one of my favorite shows, fighters from Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg took their own trip to the "Danger Zone" last weekend, when a trio of the gym's fighters competed at an event of the same name in Manassas Park, Va.
The event was spearheaded by UFC legend Dan Severn, which was unbeknown to me that he held mixed martial events, let alone events in my backyard. The fighters from Evolve went 2 out of 3 in their fights, according to the gym's most recent e-newsletter.
Evolve's Albert Benjamin fell to a rear naked choke in the first round of his fight while Tacuma Robinson scored a TKO in a little over a minute in the first round and Greg Lyman scored a TKO in less than a minute in the first round, according to the e-newsletter.
Other members from Evolve were on hand to coach their fellow fighters, including Zach Davis, fresh from his stint on the previous season of "The Ultimate Fighter".
Evolve continues to leave its mark in local MMA, with Albert, Tacuma and Greg's performances coming hot on the heels of teammate Marshall Thompson's first-round submission victory at Shogun Fights V earlier this month.