I was reading about the recent WCF event here in Massachusetts, and the event featured a handful of UFC fighters who live or grew up in New England. Thinking about it, the area actually has some MMA cred. Here's my "Massachusetts All-Star Team":
265 lbs: Gabriel Gonzaga lives and trains in Ludlow, MA. Tim Sylvia is from Maine, originally, but he's clearly an Iowa guy now.
205 lbs: Thiago Silva has reportedly joined Gonzaga's camp in Ludlow. Mark Dellagrotte's website says Stephan Bonnar trains there, but I thought he was with Xtreme Couture. Maybe he used
to train there..?
185 lbs: Jorge Rivera is, iirc, from Framingham, MA and trains at least part time at Mark Dellgrotte's Sityodong Boston gym in Somerville. And Paulo Filho has also apparently joined Gabriel Gonzaga's Ludlow gym, turning it into a mini Brazilian All-Star team.
170 lbs: Marcus Davis is from Maine, and also trains with Dellagrotte at least some of the time.
155 lbs: Kenny Florian is from Westwood, MA, graduated from BC, and is a part of Dellagrotte's gym in Somerville; the Lauzons, Dan and Joe, are from Brockton, MA.
And Dana White is originally from Boston, I think. Or, at least, he lived here for a while.
Sadly, I haven't been to any Massachusetts MMA events. I don't have a car, and the Mayor of Boston evidently has a stick where the Sun doesn't shine (not surprising, I guess, this being Boston). I read that Dana is working on getting a UFC event into the Garden. Keeping my fingers crossed.
So how does your city/region/state/province rate for MMA? I guess if you live in Las Vegas or just about anywhere in Brazil, you don't need to say any more than that. As for what qualifies as your "area", I guess that's up to you. If you claim "California" or "England" as your neighborhood, though, I'll probably scoff at you. Privately, at least.
p.s. For folks in the area, or those planning to visit or come here for school or something, there's a site I found for Mass MMA
. I've only just started browsing it myself, so I can't vouch for it yet.
p.p.s. I found the site for the gym that Gonzaga, Filho, and Silva go to. It's Team Link
, in Ludlow.