Saturday, February 23, 2013

This one's for the girls

The world of mixed martial arts is buzzing about the first UFC women's fight tonight at UFC 157, when Ronda Rousey fights Liz Carmouche for the newly minted UFC women's bantamweight title. While Ronda and Liz are deservedly getting a ton of attention for being the first two women to fight inside the Octagon, women MMA fighters have been competing for years nationwide prior to Rousey and Carmouche finally having the chance to do so on the world's biggest stage.

For instance, there's women like Roya Darvishian, a fighter out of Maryland who competed and won earlier this month on a card in Pennsylvania. Darvishian clinched a split decision victory that was almost a submission, as she is quoted as saying in the above article that she was attempting an armbar as the fight came to an end.

Darvishian next competes on a card in Virginia next month and fights in the strawweight division, a 115-pound weight class for women fighters, according to the article. While it remains to be seen if UFC expands its women's weight classes beyond just bantamweight, there is no shortage of talented and exciting female fighters from various weight classes, including Darvishian, who would love to follow in Rousey's and Carmouche's footsteps.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

That time of year

Springtime usually means one thing in the Maryland mixed martial arts scene, and that is Shogun Fights is getting ready for one of its twice-a-year cards.

Looking at the fight card, which will probably grow and be changed leading up to the event on April 13 in Baltimore, we see some of the usual suspects that have been staples at previous Shogun Fights events, including plenty of fighters from Ground Control Baltimore such as Dave Daniecki and Dan Root.

Speaking of Daniecki, right now he is slated to face Joey Kirwan from the Clinch Academy in Frederick. I think this is an early candidate for Fight of the Night, as Daniecki has always put on entertaining fights at previous Shogun Fights event and Kirwan is a veteran of regional cards like Shogun Fights and bigger events like Bellator MMA.

First Mariner Arena is always rocking with an enthusiastic crowd when Shogun Fights come to town, and I expect this go-around to be no different.