Six weeks into the stay at home order for the Covid-19 pandemic feels like six months to many of us who enjoy mixed martial arts. That goes for those who train, fight, watch, gamble or just cover the sport we love for the greatest website on the planet. There is no action to talk about and it is affecting many. Cage fighting and the grind is a lifestyle for many who need it for their mental health. Most facilities that train mixed martial artists pride themselves on promoting a family atmosphere and that love they share is missing and hurting lots of men and women. A fight career is only a small window of your life and opportunity is being lost as time goes by without events. Hopefully that will change soon as some states have begun to loosen their restrictions.
One of the young prospects that I am looking forward to see further his career is Marcus Hardiman. Marcus has gotten off to a 3-0 start as a 170 lb amateur while and improving with each fight. I have been cage-side to call all three of his victories for Art of War Cage Fighting and have become a fan.
Please check out our interview on the link above. Hardiman tells MyMMANews..
“I’m lucky to be able to work from home as I am in the medical field along with trying to improve and become a professional fighter. I have plenty of equipment at home to help me work on my cardio and my striking but I am missing out on the wrestling, sparring and BJJ. I’m keeping my weight down and when we get the green light to resume, I should only need about 4 weeks of camp to prepare for my next fight.”
Marcus has been impressive with a unanimous decision and two wins by submission. He has a wrestling pedigree and in his last bout he showed excellent versatility using his striking and level changes to set up very easily executed double leg take-downs. Now that he has three victories, he is eligible in Pennsylvania for advanced amateur rules and discarding the shin pads and having more ground and pound options which I believe will be a big strength for him. AOW President Mike Bickings may even match him up in a title fight.
There are many others who are in the same situation and are chomping at the bit to punch and kick people in the cage. Stay right here as MyMMANews continues to keep everyone up to date on fighters at all levels of combat sports.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.