This weekend the UFC held two shows, each featured a Massachusetts native. The first, in UFC 175 had Rob Font, who trains out of Sityodtong in Somerville, MA, faced the always-game George Roop. Roop is known for having an aggressive, bullying style, and being well over six feet tall, at just 135lbs, that can be a lot for anyone to endure. Font, however, was more than up to the challenge. Rob Font, in spite of the size disadvantage, scored a huge knockout win in the first round.
I've never had the privilege of training with Font myself, but I have many friends who have. He's known as being someone who works incredibly hard both in the gym and in the cage, and it shows when you watch him work. I'm looking forward to seeing how far Font can go in the UFC's Bantamweight division.
This evening, the 19th season of the UFC's marquee reality show, 'The Ultimate Fighter' came to a close with the finale aired on Fox Sports 1. The prelims opened with Staughton, MA's Patrick Walsh. Walsh has trained at several schools in MA, including my own, South Shore Sportfighting. Pat is a fantastic wrestler, having wrestled at Ohio State University, and his grappling ability in General is fantastic. It is always what lead to his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Spohn.
The bout took place at 205lbs, with Walsh representing Team Edgar, and Spohn, Team Penn. For much of the fight, Spohn would do well standing, and even used his striking to win the third round, but he had no answer for Walsh's wrestling. Once on his back, Walsh made Spohn look helpless.
New England has always been a hotbed of MMA. It's spawned such fighters as Joe Lauzon, Kenny Florian, Alex Karalexis, Jorge Rivera, Josh Grispi, and many more. It's always great to see local talent reach these heights. I look forward to seeing both men back at work inside the Octagon.