Marshall’s introduction to the world of MMA came in the rough and tumble days of the sport’s barbaric, no-holds-barred infancy in the early 1990s. Although the pro wrestling fan in him was drawn to the spectacle and controversy, he quickly drifted away from the wild, violent, and seemingly untamed aspects of the sport. Even with fighters such as Royce Gracie proving sound technique could overcome wild barroom brawling, the sport held little to maintain his interest.
It wasn’t until many years later when the New Jersey State Athletic Commission drafted what are now known as the MMA Unified Rules that Marshall was drawn back into the sport. Although the rules were drafted stateside, it was their (partial) adaptation in Japan that brought Marshall back into the sport, particularly with the Pride organization. From there he was introduced to fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba, Mark Coleman, and Chuck Liddell, which led to the discovery of UFC’s offerings in a post-Unified Rules era. Fighters like Tito Ortiz, Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture, and others were putting on great fights that while still as violent as any other regulated combat sport still provided as much technique as it did testosterone.
Since then, Marshall has become an avid fan and advocate of the sport. He hopes through this blog to not only create an outlet for his views on the fighters, organizations, media coverage, and various other aspects of the world of Mixed Martial Arts, but also to educate and advocate for the sport’s legalization in New York State.
When not contributing to this blog, Marshall is a local stage actor, author of plays and short fiction, and maintains a personal blog. You can learn more about him by visiting http://www.kevinmarshallonline.com.