I’ve been watching professional sports now for almost my whole life. I was a fan of the NBA since I was around 7, I was a one time baseball fan, I’ve always enjoyed football, and boxing was always a top priority in my household growing up, but there is one sport that trumps them all in my book and it’s a sport that I’ve loved for several years now and will continue to do so until the day I die. That sport, ladies and gentlemen, is Mixed Martial Arts. Mixed Martial Arts (or MMA) has been in the public eye since the early 90’s when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debuted a tournament style format that saw fighters competing to become the last man standing. And to be brutally honest, it was terrible. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s when the UFC adopted the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that the sport gained a legit following from sports fans due to the much needed regulations which weeded out the true athletes from the beer bellied bar brawlers of years past. Since these rules have been put into place MMA, mainly the UFC, has thrived and become a fixture on sports television with special events held on FOX, FOX Sports 1, Spike TV, Fuel, Versus, and Pay-Per-View. That success has brought some other companies into the fold such as Bellator MMA which holds live events on Spike TV, and World Series Of Fighting which currently holds events on NBC and NBC Sports. Needless to say the sport of MMA is thriving with multiple companies being showcased on television and one (UFC) bringing in massive PPV buys and selling out major arenas all over the world.
If you're interested in checking out some classic fights then I'd look no further than many of Chuck Liddell's offerings from 2002 onward, especially his battles with Tito Ortiz, W. Silva, and Randy Couture. I'd also seek out some fights between Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, GSP and Matt Hughes, Couture and Tim Sylvia, Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, as well as anything with Anderson Silva or Jon Jones. Seriously, there are so many amazing fights out there to seek out that I'd probably break my keyboard typing them all out. If you've ever had a thing for classic boxing than check UFC out because you'll see a lot of fantastic boxing mixed with muay tai, ju-jitsu, wrestling, karate, judo, and other forms of fighting. It's truly an interesting mix of styles hence the name of the sport being Mixed Martial Arts. Also, if you're a classic boxing fan and are sick and tired of the sports current state of bullshit than look no further than MMA. After years and years of watching boxing and watching MMA the one thing that really shines through is that fighting within a league, such as the UFC, you're in NO position to duck other fighters. In boxing we often see boxers hiding behind their managers and their promoters as to why they can't or won't fight other fighters and they duck one another because they enjoy fighting other fighters that make them look good. I hate that more than anything. In MMA the league assigns you you're next opponent and the fighters show up and enter the cage to do their thing. No ducking, no games, no bullshit. And that's the way that professional fighting should be. Period.
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