One of the good things about being in an area that strongly supports mixed martial arts is all the opportunities you have to promote the sport. It's no secret that since Shogun Fights is based in Baltimore, that the city strongly supports them and both the fighters and the head promoter, John Rallo, are fixtures in and around Baltimore as they continue to get the word out and increase MMA's popularity in both the city and the state.
Rallo has a good relationship with the Baltimore rock radio station 98 Rock, which also has its own television station. Dan Root, a fighter from Rallo's gym Ground Control Baltimore, recently appeared on 98 Rock's TV station and we learned a little more about his background and how he got into MMA.
One of the big reveals from Root's interview is that he is trying out for an upcoming season of the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" that will feature lightweights and welterweights, the latter of which is Root's weight class. Given Root's recent string of victories at Shogun Fights and his victory at a card in West Virginia earlier this month, I'd say Root could be considered one of the favorites to be added to that season's cast, especially since he boasts an impressive ground game and submission skills.
Root would follow in the footsteps of Zach Davis from Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg if he were to make it on the show, which would be nothing but a coup and a big boost for MMA in the state.