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Ultimate Fighting Championship
A night of fights
A night of fights

As editors, we don’t get a ton of opportunities to get out of the office. So, when I realized I was one of just a few in our department with even a cursory knowledge in mixed martial arts, I volunteered to help cover the UFC’s first event in Baltimore. I had seen some fights on television and attended a local amateur show once. But I can’t say I’m an MMA superfan, so I’ll admit I didn’t quite know what to expect when I walked into the downtown arena the night of UFC 172 in April. Pretty soon, I realized that this wasn’t going to be like covering a baseball or football game. The first fights of the night are supposed to serve as an appetizer...