I have been an avid MMA fan for roughly three years. Well my experience in the sport is relatively short, I came at the right time. While I missed the amazing Pride days and when Fedor and Cro cop were destroying their opponents, I got to witness the passing of the torch of the new generation of Mixed Martial Artists. The guys that grew up idolizing Liddell, Couture, Tito, even Rampage are now fighting those same role models. Whether it be Jones, Cruz, or anyone, we are starting to see the new age of fighters. More importantly what I am writing about is the always rising popularity of, not just the UFC, but MMA.
Before I start the day, I always wake up and check my daily websites. Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Ultimate-Guitar, and finally my home, MMAmania. Recently, I have noticed on a couple side bars, whether it be SI or ESPN, some MMA news. In the Truth and Rumors section on Sports Illustrated, they had MMA: Fitch doesn't receive title shot. This was a month or so ago, so obviously I chuckled to myself as it was a little dated. But hey, its recognition for the sport right? Even now on ESPN after a big event, they will have a recap on the main page under headlines of the night.
What really made me right this was todays sports illustrated page. Jon Jones made the front page as it is titled The Best Around? Now, let me clarify. Clearly these articles and titles are subjective because not a lot is known by the general public. What I am trying to say is that we are getting into the golden age of MMA. Today its on the front page of a highly decorated sports website. Tomorrow, it could grace the cover of ESPN. Maybe the next day, we get a legitimate show for MMA on a network like ESPN. (NFL has outside the lines, MLB has baseball tonight) I know there is MMA live but that is on at what time? 2 a.m.?
So sit back and relax Maniacs. You will remember where you were and what post you were commentating on when MMA took over.