Rallo Responsible for Historic MMA Event in Baltimore
John Rallo began his fighting career in 1998 making an instant impact
in local and regional tournaments. Under the tutelage of world-renowned
fighter Renzo Gracie, Rallo trained with a number of top-notch
competitors from the Renzo Gracie dynasty, including Sean Alvarez, Matt
Serra, Ricardo Almedia, Rodrigo Gracie and Roger Gracie. Rallo was
promoted to the rank of Black Belt on Nov. 22, 2006. He is the only
person in the tri-state area to be personally promoted by legendary
Rallo has competed or trained fighters in events such as UC, WEC, Elite
XC, Bodog Fight, Ring of Combat, King of the Cage, Reality Fighting and
the UWC. Rallo finished his career as the WEC's #2 Heavyweight in the
World. Today, John is the founder and head instructor of Ground Control
Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Baltimore. Taking control of the Academy
in 2001, the school currently enrolls over 200 students with 15
fighters in the group. In 2009, Rallo added two new academy locations.
There are now three Ground Control academies located in Owings Mills,
Columbia and Baltimore.
In addition to the academics, Rallo has spent the last 11 years
mastering the “business of the sport.” He has forged strong
relationships throughout the media and Mixed Martial Arts communities.
You can catch Rallo at any given time on no less than four media
outlets in the marketplace building the Shogun Fights brand. In 2008,
Rallo attracted national attention leading the charge to legalize Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) in Maryland. Because of his tireless efforts and
with the full support of the State Athletic Commission, the Maryland
State Legislature approved two bills officially legalizing MMA. In
recognition of his efforts, Rallo was invited to the bill signing
ceremony. He was present in Annapolis when Gov. Martin O'Malley signed
the bill into law in May 2008.
Rallo's hard work and determination has paid off. On Saturday, Oct. 24,
“Shoguns Fights” will debut in the tri-state region at the 1st Mariner
in Baltimore. Tickets for this momentous event will be available at all
Ticketmaster locations and at the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office.