Wednesday, July 8, 2009

MMA, The New Sport of Kings?

Unless you have been under rock for the last few years, many of you may have noticed the recent and continuing growth of mixed martial arts, unarmed combat that combines striking, wrestling, karate, ju-jitsu, and kick boxing into one combat "style". The UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, based out of Las Vegas is the headline organization of this fast growing sport.

The UFC will offer it's 100th pay per view event this Saturday night. Headlining the event will be the heavyweight title match between UFC champion and former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar vs interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Many people predict this ppv will set MMA pay per view records. It doesn't hurt to have UFC welterweight champion George St Pierre on the co main event.

Far from being human cockfighting as it was once called, MMA is now a larger attraction with more credibility than professional boxing. The matches are closely supervised by the referees, and are stopped when necessary with the safety of the fighters emphasized. The sport has had less deaths and major injuries than boxing. And there is no Don King.

Even the US Marine Corp in it's martial art training incorporates many of the elements of MMA in its fighting style, along with the US Army.

Here is hoping MMA and the UFC don't drop the ball like boxing did.

Oh yeah, Nixon supports Brock Lesnar. The man was born for combat. Second round TKO.

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