Growing up on the inner city streets of Baltimore in 1968, life was tough for 6-year-old Willie Johnson. The rough and tough atmosphere exposed Johnson to abuse and drugs in a place that supported violence. But his life changed when he encountered the contact sport of mixed martial arts.
Stephen Speck has a mixed martial arts win on his fighting resume, and he has a chance to add another one tonight when the Francis Scott Key athletic director competes at Shogun Fights XIII at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
Jones is normally one of the oldest mixed martial arts combatants on any fight card. He'll be the very oldest Saturday night at Shogun Fights X at Baltimore Arena, where he's scheduled to face 34-year-old Noe Quintanilla in the sixth of 10 scheduled bouts.
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry is challenging state Sen. Joan Carter Conway in North Baltimore's 43rd legislative district. He says her power has gone to her head. She says she uses it to help the citizens of Baltimore.
There was no easing into the first UFC event in Baltimore. Chris Beal jolted the sold-out crowd to attention with a flying-knee knockout of Patrick Williams in the second round of the night's first fight.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship could have chosen a more traditional location for tonight's pay-per-view fight, UFC 172. The event features a title defense for Jon Jones, its top pound-for-pound fighter and light-heavyweight champion.