Bobby Razak, in accordance with TapouT, is documenting the rise of the Ruffo Brothers (Carlos Ruffo and Giovanni Ruffo) as they learn the ins and outs of mixed martial arts before they even turn 10 years old. If you haven't seen the video, stop here and take the 10 minutes to do so -- it'll be worth it. They are the future of MMA. It's amazing to see their talent at such a young age, but this will be the norm in the future. Here are 3 reasons why you should be excited for the future of MMA:
1. Kids have more opportunities to learn MMA
Matt Serra had a recent interview with Mike Straka where he outlined how hard it was to get training in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, mind you, mixed martial arts. Nowadays, people don't have that issue. You can find gyms and clubs out there teaching not only BJJ, but boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling -- all in one gym. These one stop shops of training will continue to grow and make it more economical for the student looking to get into martial arts to do MMA.
2. Future fighters will have a more complete game
Today, we have fighters who are specialists. Fighters are considered strikers, wrestlers, and BJJ artists -- not many start out considered MMA fighters. You'll hear fighters say they're rounding out their game to become more complete -- strikers learning takedown defense / wrestling and wrestlers learning how to box. You can see more and more fighters coming up being well-rounded off the bat. Take a look at fighters like Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez. If you think they're good, wait till you see fighters in 10 years.
3. They have heroes to look up to (and learn from)
Whenever you grow a sport, you have to have heroes. People to look up to and to idolize. We're living in a unique time where MMA is continuing to grow and build superstar fighters like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Geoges St. Pierre. These are fighters we can consider legends. And since we're in the infancy in the sport, a lot of them are still very accessible especially during the age of social media. Some fighters even start their own gyms and you can learn from them directly. Now, you can't beat that.
QUESTION: What do you think the biggest difference will be between today's MMA fighter and the MMA fighter of tomorrow?
(video via bobbyrazak)