I know I've made much of how the sport of mixed martial arts is growing in Maryland through gyms such as Team Lloyd Irvin and events such as Shogun Fights. And while it is true that the sport seems to be growing every single day in our state, there are always going to be growing pains or bumps in the road.
In this case, the bumps come from local fighters who while climbing the ladder to gain more recognition for themselves and those they train with, unfortunately suffer a loss that while not particularly crippling to their potential careers, is still something no fighter wants to see.
Popular local fighter Binky Jones, who has trained with well-known local gyms such as Team Ground Control, suffered a second-round knockout loss at a recent card in Pennsylvania. Joey Kirwan, brother of Frederick-based fighter Jacob Kirwan, also came out on the short end of the stick at that event, suffering a third-round submission loss.
It is always discouraging for any fighter to suffer a loss. But while I don't know these fighters personally, having read and witnessed how fighters here in Maryland compete, I have no doubt they will both bounce back. It's been said that you can learn more about yourself from a loss than a win and I'm sure these fighters will go back to the drawing board and emerge better competitors.