Since things appear to have slowed down a bit in the world of mixed martial arts, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of some upcoming local fight cards that will feature a number of Maryland fighters.
As I've written about before, several fighters from Maryland gyms, including Evolve Academy, Team Lloyd Irvin and Clinch Academy will be competing at Operation Octagon on March 31 in Virginia and at the next installment of Shogun Fights in April.
The fight card for Shogun Fights has been finalized and looking at the lineup, a few fights in particular stand out to me. The first one is Dan Root vs. Elijah Harshbarger, which promises to be an exciting welterweight contest. I've watched both fighters compete on previous Shogun Fights cards and both have put on tremendous performances. I expect that one to go the full three rounds, as both guys are tough as nails and leave it all in the cage.
Another fight that has the potential to steal the show is Cole Pressley vs. Vaja Iormaghvili. Both guys have tasted success on the Shogun Fights stage and since this will be a lightweight bout, it promises to deliver the action we've come to expect by watching lightweights in organizations both local and national.
As we dive full-on into spring, these two events should help spring local MMA further into the national mindset.