Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Branching out

The continued growth of mixed martial arts in Maryland can only mean good things. With this growth, new gyms can pop up all the time and existing gyms can branch out to new locations in order to take advantage of the sport's popularity. Ground Control Baltimore, one of Maryland's preeminent MMA gyms and a major player in the annual Shogun Fights event in Baltimore, recently opened a new facility in Bel Air, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Multiple fighters from Ground Control routinely appear at Shogun Fights, including fan favorites like Dave Daniecki and Dan Root. Seeing a major gym like Ground Control expand to Bel Air (the gym already has locations in Baltimore, Columbia and Owings Mills) can give both upstart gyms and established ones hope that they took can expand their footprint in Maryland and expand the sport of MMA's reach.

Also, with the majority of Maryland MMA gyms concentrated in the D.C.-Baltimore area, it's always good to see gyms pop up in other parts of the state in order to make it more convenient for fans throughout Maryland to try out the sport they love, regardless of where they live.

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