Interest in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) has increased significantly in the last few years. It has reached a point where wrestling organizations are monitoring the pay-per-view numbers of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and view it as a competitor in the pay-per-view arena. I’m sure that from time to time, some of my blog posts will examine the similarities and differences of MMA and pro wrestling. One topic that interests me is the lack of media coverage for MMA in the United States. Even professional wrestling was covered in papers in the early 20th century. Why can't you see UFC on SportsCenter? First, we need to take a quick look at how MMA reached its current level of popularity.
In the mid 1990s, a new combat sport was created by the Gracie family in
On the brink of bankruptcy, the company was sold to Dana White and Frank and Lorenzo Ferttita in 2001. With new leadership and new rules, the company has seen a huge jump in popularity and acceptance, with pay-per-view buyrates matching all but the largest of WWE events.So why do most mainstream media outlets refuse to cover the UFC in the
How do you all feel about MMA? Is it a fad? Will it gain the mainstream recognition that wrestling has not had since the late 90s? Will it affect wrestling in America?