In my quest to get back to doing this regularly, I came across this news release. Ron "ChoirBoy" Stallings, who trains with Team Lloyd Irvin in Camp Springs, became the first mixed martial arts champion from Harford County, MD, after winning the Ring of Combat middleweight title last month.
Stallings path to the belt wasn't easy, as he was matched up against Mike Massenzio, a veteran of the UFC who has fought guys like Brian Stann, C.B. Dollaway, Steve Cantwell and Rousimar Palhares, so you know he's no slouch. Especially if he was matched up against someone as dangerous as Palhares.
Stallings won the belt via first-round TKO with a sick knee to the body, which caused Massenzio to crumple to the mat. Lost in the fact that many fighters always try to land the devastating KO via a punch or kick to the chin, sometimes a good body shot is all you need. And a fun fact: Stallings is also owner and operator of Top Flight MMA in Aberdeen.