Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fight Day

There always seems to be a special buzz in the air when it's the day of a UFC PPV. You know you usually have a great card of fights to look forward to that night, and social media is always abuzz with everyone in the mixed martial arts world chiming in with their thoughts.

I think that same feeling is also replicated on the local MMA scene, particularly when it's time for Shogun Fights, as it is today. This is the ninth edition of Shogun at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, and looking over the fight card, it is chock full of local favorites including Dan Root, Binky Jones and Dave Daniecki, who all come from Team Ground Control in Baltimore.

Although I unfortunately will not be there today, I know others who will be and can count on them to provide excellent analysis of tonight's fight card. However, I will make it a point to attend the next Shogun Fights, which will be its 10th installment and I'm sure will take place early next year. With it being the 10th edition, I'm also sure something extra special will be in the works. But if you're in the Charm City area today and don't have anything to do, mosey your way over to First Mariner Arena and check out some excellent fights featuring young, talented and hungry up-and-coming fighters.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Back in the mix

Have you ever come close to something, only to have it taken away? As I'm writing this, I'm watching the premiere episode of UFC Primetime, which is covering the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. So perhaps it's apropos that this show is playing in the background right now.

Steven Eilola, a fighter in Top Flight MMA, recently leaped back into title contention with the Stellar Fights promotion following his recent victory in Delaware. Eilola achieved his victory in one of the most brutal ways possible, by separating his opponent's shoulder on a takedown and forcing a forfeit, according to the article.

Redemption is one of the life's most underrated emotions. The ability to bring ourselves back after we experience hardship. If we fall down, we can pick ourselves again. We can right a wrong. We can make up for a loss. Redemption is a supreme motivator used by athletes across the sports landscape, from mixed martial arts to football to tennis to boxing.

If you're a fighter who experiences a loss, you're going to be angry. You're going to be upset. But you know what the great thing about it is? Redemption.