Sunday, January 12, 2014

UFC in Charm City? Part II

I wrote last month about the rumors that UFC was coming to Baltimore in April. After that, the UFC and First Mariner Arena in Baltimore came out and said they hadn't discussed holding a show there. Well now, it looks like they did, because it's happening.

Multiple media outlets, including USA Today, MMA Fighting and The Baltimore Sun, confirm that UFC is coming to Baltimore in April. The Baltimore Sun article goes into the deepest detail about the event and its connection to Baltimore, noting that First Mariner Arena is home to Shogun Fights and even gives the perspective of a local fighter. Even if it's the local newspaper, connecting UFC to local MMA helps shine a light on our burgeoning MMA scene.

The Baltimore card is still expected to have a main event of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira for the light heavyweight title. The only main event that would be better for Baltimore's first UFC card would be a heavyweight title fight. But given Jon Jones' ever-rising profile, his connection to Baltimore with having a brother that plays for the Baltimore Ravens, and Teixeira's reputation as a fighter no one wants to face, Charm City's first foray into UFC is off to a great start.

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