Shogun Fights VIII co-main event features the states first ever female MMA bout with Rosanna Garcia taking on Gabby Holloway. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun video)

Rallo is positive about the potential for more women's professional MMA fights. He hopes that after seeing Garcia and Holloway, other women involved in mixed martial arts will reach out to him.

"If they put on a good show, I'd love to have them back, and I'd love to find other opponents to expand the talent pool," Rallo said.

"My goal, as the promoter, is to bring in the most competitive and exciting fights, so the fans want to come back and support the show. Whether it is a man or women is irrelevant to me, as long as they're talented."

Holloway thinks she might quit fighting after finishing school. But first she wants to have a really challenging fight — which might be the case this Saturday.

"It's not something I want to do forever," she said. "I want to see how far I go, because I haven't lost yet. ... I want to fight someone and say, 'Man, that was a tough fight.' I feel like I haven't felt like that yet."

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Rosanna Garcia

Age: 27

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.

Fights out of: Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg

Height: 5'9"

Fight weight: 135 lbs.

Record: Amateur 3-2

Biggest strengths: "My strength has always been my striking, and my parents fighting against all odds in their lives to provide for their family. It showed me that quitting is never an option."

Motivation: "Inspiring others to keep persevering through the difficulties they face in life."

Gabrielle "Gabanator" Holloway

Age: 22

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Fights out of: Zamora Boxing Gym in Culpeper, Va.

Height: 5'4"

Fight weight: 135 or 145 lbs.

Biggest strengths: "My wrestling background and my humbleness"

Record: Amateur 7-0, Professional 2-0

Motivation: "My coach and training partners, my teammates from the flag football team, my friends and family, and myself."

If you go

Shogun Fights VIII is April 13 at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $33-$253. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.