There's no disputing that mixed martial arts (MMA) has taken off like a souped up jet engine. Across countless countries, various sports markets, and differing television screens, the international combat sport has successfully been absorbed by the mainstream.
With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters like former women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former Lightweight king Anthony Pettis starring in blockbuster Hollywood movies or gracing the cover of a Wheaties box, MMA has taken gigantic leaps over the past few years.
Well, it now seems as if the in-cage spectacle has reached the outskirts of the art world. In the video show above (courtesy of Louder Noise), MMA Noise host Mike Straka recently took a look at Emma McGuire's MMA Art Show from the Georges Bergès Gallery in New York, NY.
"I'm ecstatic to be here, it's really brilliant," said McGuire. "It's been a long time coming and we're really happy that so much of the work has been shown."
McGuire added that each piece is one of a kind, stating that she uses a lithographic process to transform ordinary cageside photographs into works of art.
"It's very neat. It's kind of a surreal experience," said former UFC Lightweight fighter John Cholish. "It's really cool to come in and see a total different perspective from outside of the cage and someone else's take on it."
This is really the first instance that an entire art gallery has been dedicated to MMA. It's surely a step in the right direction for a sport trying to gain notoriety wherever it can.