Saturday, December 17, 2011

Beyond borders

While the sport of mixed martial arts is still very much in its early stages in Maryland, its reach goes well beyond the Mason-Dixon Line and other borders of our state. While fighters from gyms across Maryland compete in MMA bouts both locally, regionally and nationwide, Maryland gyms also expand their reach beyond the borders of even the United States.

One example is Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs. While Lloyd Irvin is probably best known for training fighters like the UFC's Brandon Vera and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, the gym also trains international fighters like Frank "The Crank" Camacho.

Camacho plans to compete in Japan in the new year, according to the article above, and also competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments here in the U.S. Camacho is a native of the Northern Mariana Islands area, located in the western Pacific. The mere fact that gyms like Team Lloyd Irvin and others can expand all the way to the Pacific region is a testament to the reach MMA in Maryland currently enjoys while still working to grow its own profile. And with that, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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