Baltimore MMA update
About a month ago, I mentioned that Baltimore had two representatives in the top 32 of the TUF 7 tryouts -- Lee Synkowski and Tenyeh Dixon. While Spike TV has been understandably mum about which fighters will actually be on the newest season featuring the middleweight division, all indications are that neither Synkowski nor Dixon will make their small-screen debut this spring. Still, both did very well in the initial tryouts and both are part of a growing contingent of Baltimore MMA fighters that is enjoying success.
Speaking of Baltimore MMA, I received a press release from EliteXC today and it turns out Binky Jones will be fighting at the January 25 ShoXC event at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Jones is coming off two straight losses in BodogFight to end 2007. Still, ShoXC is a step up from BodogFight and the event will air live on Showtime, though Jones' fight is not scheduled to be televised.
ShoXC is essentially a feeder system for EliteXC. If Jones does well in a couple of ShoXC events, he may very well get the opportunity to advance to the big stage of an EliteXC show. That also means he could eventually end up fighting on Showtime.
Jones is scheduled to fight in the 150-pound weight class. EliteXC is deep in that weight range with a number of other fighters fighting in and around 155 pounds, including 160-pound champ KJ Noons as well Nick Diaz and "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett. (By the way, it is just as confusing writing about these non-standard weight classes as it must be for you to read about them. I'm keeping an open mind, but I'm not a huge fan so far.)
While it hasn't been confirmed yet by EliteXC, I'm being told that Jones' opponent will be Mark Getto, who has a losing MMA record including a TKO loss to current UFC fighter Frank Edgar in 2005 (before Edgar began fighting in the UFC.)
ShoXC is big-time MMA action and outside of UFC 78, there hasn't been anything bigger in recent memory on the East Coast. So, if you are interested in checking out a quality promotion and some quality fights, head over to EliteXC.com for more information.