Rise Nation signs Street Fighter pro Marn

Martin "Marn" Phan (left) chats with James Chen (right) about esports at Evolution Championship Series 2016. ESPN.com

North American esports team Rise Nation, owned by Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Rodger Saffold, has expanded into fighting games with the signing of Martin "Marn" Phan, the team announced Friday.

The addition of Marn will be the first time that the organization has expanded its reach outside of the first-person shooter genre, as it has run teams in only Call of Duty and Overwatch up to now.

"This one was a no-brainer; as a fan of Street Fighter and fighting games in general, I've always wanted to be a part of the community," Rise Nation co-owner Kahreem Horsley told ESPN. "When the chance came along to work with him, both Rodger [Saffold] and myself jumped on the opportunity. We are very happy to have someone with his caliber of talent and connection with the fans to represent our organization."

Marn, of Vietnam, is best known for being rambunctious and outspoken as a high-profile member of the fighting game community. He has competed across multiple fighting games including the Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter series.

Before joining Rise Nation, Marn had his own esports team, Team MRN. It competed in the League of Legends Championship Series in its debut in 2013 before being relegated from the league by Velocity Esports in May 2013 and disbanding. Marn tweeted Friday that Team MRN would officially close its doors as a result of his pickup.

Rise Nation was founded in 2013 by Horsley and Saffold, the latter of whom was drafted by the Rams in 2010, and quickly ascended as one of the best Call of Duty teams in the industry. The team most recently took first at the Call of Duty tournament at Major League Gaming Las Vegas in December.