Saturday, January 26, 2013

A mixed bag

For a specific mixed martial arts gym or fight team, there are fewer things more satisfying than a clean sweep by several of its fighters on the same card. When fighters from the same team all win during the same event, it gives both the fighters and the team a tremendous boost of confidence and some bragging rights, which is never a bad thing.

Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg has a well-known stable of fighters who routinely compete at local and regional events, and often when having multiple fighters on the same card, the gym finds itself with aces across the board.

A group of its fighters competed at the Revolution Fights event Jan. 19 in Winchester, Va., according to Evolve's recent e-newsletter. Evolve's night started out on a high note with its fighter Samy Elrahimy securing a dominant unanimous decision victory. Unfortunately, two of his colleagues could not share in his good fortune as Dameron Kirby and Rosanna Garcia came up short in two contests that were under some controversy, for different reasons.

Kirby lost a decision that the fans in attendance clearly thought he won, according to Evolve's e-newsletter. Garcia chose to compete against an opponent 15 pounds heavier than her, for which she should be highly, highly commended, after her original opponent could not make the show. Nothing is ever a sure thing for MMA and for Kirby and Garcia, they had to deal with that unfortunate fact. Hopefully Kirby gets a chance to avenge his controversial loss and Garcia's next fight will be on a more even playing field.

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