Tuesday, December 24, 2013

UFC in Charm City?

The Internet, as it is wont to do, was slightly abuzz recently when news stories started leaking out that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was planning to have its April 2014 PPV in Baltimore, presumably at First Mariner Arena. One of the planned participants in that PPV, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, played an indirect (and I'm sure oblivious) role in that when his brother spilled the beans on Twitter.

Unfortunately, it seems like someone forgot to tell the UFC. Media outlet after media outlet after media outlet said nothing official had been agreed upon, and that any discussions were preliminary at best.

Could the UFC come to Baltimore? Absolutely. It's already visited its neighbor city to the south, Washington, D.C. In October 2011 the UFC held a card with a main event of Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson. I was at the event with two of my friends and if it wasn't a sellout, it was damn near close. Plus, First Mariner Arena is home twice a year to Shogun Fights, an event that is routinely sold out.

So if the UFC comes to Baltimore, it would be a huge boon for the city and for the state of Maryland. The media exposure that comes with having a UFC PPV in your state can only help the burgeoning MMA scene here in Maryland.