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Old 10-22-2008, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Situation of MMA in your Country

My Country : Germany:

MMA is completley unknown. If I would aks all students at my university less than 5% would know mma. The only fighting sport which has a big popularity is boxing. I live in Hamburg which has 1.8 Millions of inhabitants and only a few dojos where you can train mma. Dana White plans on holding an event in Germany. Then he must start a big commercial campaign to let the people know that ufc is in the town. But Iam sure all newspapers would write about it. Another thing is that ppv is unknown in Germany. We mainly have free tv and a Provider(like 35Euro/Month with a few channels. But its not that we pay 40$ for an event. Nobody would do this and nobody knows this.

So, there is a lot to do in Germany to make ufc popular.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My Country: Canada

MMA is growing big time here. A couple of guys from highschool are now training mma and have had a few amateur fights that were awesome to watch. Of course, they fought in Port Huron (michigan), since MMA isn't sanctioned in Ontario, which blows. But come UFC PPV nights, the sportsbars are PACKED and you can tell people go to watch it because its silent during the fight, which rocks.

Most people don't know what mma is, but I'd say 90% of people have watched at least 1 UFC fight and could tell you what the UFC is generally about. Theirs alot of casual fans that think they know alot about mma, and they don't, which sucks cuz they are the most ANNOYING people on earth.

UFC seriously needs to come to Ontario when it eventually gets sanctioned.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a similar situation here in Latvia. I know like 2 people who follow UFC and that's it. All though we have some local MMA events, it's far from being popular. Boxing is also more popular here. The lack of people knowing about MMA in my country is probably the main reason i've registered here.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In Denmark, boxing is the most known martial art as well. MMA isnt mainstream quite yet.

However, it is getting more and more coverage in the media: a few more articles each year appears aswell as a talkshow had a 20 minute programme about it.


Also contributing to its growing popularity is Martin Kampmann's succes in the UFC. Still, people refer to it as ultimate fighting and sometimes have wild imaginations about a lot of people getting killed by it or exagering its brutality.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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MMA is known in the public domain as UFC here, which is kind of a shame I mean you don't call water Volvic do you, But the odd mainstream sports fan will label the sport as "cage fighting" the term MMA is still obscure for now.
The sport is developing at a rapid rate, not so quick as Canada however. Alot of our traditional Muay Thai gyms that came about in the 1970's are beginning to introduce BJJ/Wrestling classes due to popular demand, particularly here in The North West (liverpool/manchester/lancashire).

There are several MMA promotions now which hold their own monthly events, have their own belts and have quite a decent standard of production, both in the cage with the quality of fighters, and outside the cage with the arena organisation, tv production and so on.
Cage Gladiators based in liverpool is of a decent standard with several british fighters now based in The UFC originally appearing at Cage Gladiators.
St helens a town near to liverpool is home to probably the most famous MMA Team in The Uk in Wolfslair with fighters such as Michael Bisping and ofcourse Cheik Kongo and Quinton Jackson. I cannot speak for other areas of England as I don't live there however down south (london region) Cage Rage has had a threshold on that scene over the years with some good teams including London Shootfighters.
Some other prominant teams in The North West include Next Generation of liverpool who literally fill the cage gladiators fight card every month without fail.
Rosi Sexton is a well known fighter on the female scene and is based in Manchester, recently with a win over American Debi Purcell.
A big scene is also developing in The North East (sunderland/newcaslte) region of England with a promotion known as Total Combat.

Here in England we have a massive history of fighting in sport, the sport of Football (soccer) which is our national sport interms of amount of spectators was created here in England and originally two teams both from different towns/cities would kick a ball from one town to another to try and score a goal, and along the way people would literally beat each other up in order to get the ball to the other town and score the goal.

Reason why this is relevant is that The UK has a long history of violence/aggression in sport, once the masses become educated on the sport and learn of a way to participate (such as more access to MMA tuition) the sport will rapidly rise to be one of the mainstream sports.

More and more tv channels are picking up MMA events, I can't however see schools adopting any form of combat sport into their curriculum which is where the problem lyes as in The USA most to my knowledge schools have wrestling apart of their school curiculums... UK schools mainly have football, cricket, and most importantly for MMA would be rugby.
Boxing was banned from schools in the 1950's if my history is correct however in many of our more poorer (ghetto) areas the government has introduced boxing back into the curriculum to curb aggressive behaviour in the classroom.

Britain has many social issues, the more of a downward spiral our social climate keeps going the more in my opinion sports such as MMA will excel as those who can afford the tuition will seek a way to protect themselves other than using knives (which is a major problem here).
Can the working class get involved with MMA or combat sports in general? well thats up to the pricing structure of the gyms and ofcourse the education department.
If a combat sport was widely introduced into our tax funded education system I believe we would become one of the top dominant countries in the world for MMA.

other positive steps include the introduction recently of MMA Unlimited, a new MMA magazine, and Fighters Only magazine which has been going for awhile... so there are several MMA magazines which cover The UK scene and ofcourse The American scene.
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In Denmark, boxing is the most known martial art as well. MMA isnt mainstream quite yet.

However, it is getting more and more coverage in the media: a few more articles each year appears aswell as a talkshow had a 20 minute programme about it.


Also contributing to its growing popularity is Martin Kampmann's succes in the UFC. Still, people refer to it as ultimate fighting and sometimes have wild imaginations about a lot of people getting killed by it or exagering its brutality.
do you know of any good gyms in Copenhagen?
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm also Canadian, but I live in Vancouver on the west coast (quite a distance from Ontario).

The sports bars are packed for all the UFC PPV events. And I mean packed - downtown, most of the bars charge $5 cover on UFC nights (for the privilege of dropping $70 on food and beer). They're also fairly full in the suburbs (New West, Burnaby, Surrey) but don't charge cover and actually offer drink/food specials to get the crowds in. The Affliction heavyweight night had similar turnout, but I don' think other events do. Canadian fighters like GSP and Cote get big, big cheers. MMA events aren't sanctioned in BC, but can be held on aboriginal reserves because they are classified as federal land. Bodog had a big event here a couple of years ago, and there have been numerous small local events. The Bodog tix were really expensive, I didn't go so no idea about turnout (presumably good).

I practice MMA and obviously the guys I work out with watch the MMA events - the instructors know who all the local names and fighters are and who's in town etc. But I have a number of friends with no martial arts background who will go out for fight nights or chip in for a PPV. In fact, I've watched at 5+ peoples' houses in the last few years. A bunch of friends at university have at least a passing knowledge (they don't watch religiously or read MMA forums, but do have favourite fighters and enjoy it). My girlfriend has no interest in watching the events, but two separate groups of *her* friends have invited us out for events (boys drink & watch, girls drink & talk in the kitchen). Ah, quality time.

I think "UFC" is more recognisable than "MMA". When I talk about practicing MMA I generally refer to it as "mixed martial arts" and often further clarification is required. But there are lots of MMA gyms, and I've noticed that more and more traditional martial arts gyms now claim to teach MMA classes/skills (whether they do so with any real knowledge, I have no idea... my tae kwon do school was awesome for tae kwon do but unimpressive when they tried to teach self-defence wristlocks and vital strikes).

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I'm in the USA and I find that a lot of people know what MMA is, but really don't know what MMA is. They've all heard of Kimbo, but other than that, they don't really give much thought to it. Hopefully this is just the people I am in contact with and it's different in other places.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Terrible, people don't know at all what MMA is. I have to call it 'UFC' or 'cage fighting' for them to have a slightest clue what I am talking about.
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I'm also Canadian, but I live in Vancouver on the west coast (quite a distance from Ontario).

The sports bars are packed for all the UFC PPV events. And I mean packed - downtown, most of the bars charge $5 cover on UFC nights (for the privilege of dropping $70 on food and beer). They're also fairly full in the suburbs (New West, Burnaby, Surrey) but don't charge cover and actually offer drink/food specials to get the crowds in. The Affliction heavyweight night had similar turnout, but I don' think other events do. Canadian fighters like GSP and Cote get big, big cheers. MMA events aren't sanctioned in BC, but can be held on aboriginal reserves because they are classified as federal land. Bodog had a big event here a couple of years ago, and there have been numerous small local events. The Bodog tix were really expensive, I didn't go so no idea about turnout (presumably good).

I practice MMA and obviously the guys I work out with watch the MMA events - the instructors know who all the local names and fighters are and who's in town etc. But I have a number of friends with no martial arts background who will go out for fight nights or chip in for a PPV. In fact, I've watched at 5+ peoples' houses in the last few years. A bunch of friends at university have at least a passing knowledge (they don't watch religiously or read MMA forums, but do have favourite fighters and enjoy it). My girlfriend has no interest in watching the events, but two separate groups of *her* friends have invited us out for events (boys drink & watch, girls drink & talk in the kitchen). Ah, quality time.

I think "UFC" is more recognisable than "MMA". When I talk about practicing MMA I generally refer to it as "mixed martial arts" and often further clarification is required. But there are lots of MMA gyms, and I've noticed that more and more traditional martial arts gyms now claim to teach MMA classes/skills (whether they do so with any real knowledge, I have no idea... my tae kwon do school was awesome for tae kwon do but unimpressive when they tried to teach self-defence wristlocks and vital strikes).


thats pretty much how its is, there are also 1000's of 17-25 year old guys that walk around waering tapout and affliction think they are the shit.

One thing you do got wrong is that mma is sanctioned in Bc just not vancouver, last weekend I went to a King Of The Cage event here in nanaimo, which was awsome by the way, I was sitting right by john allesio, he was super cool, and he said he signed with Elite xc, (to bad it went under).

The majority of people at school watch UFC, but its rare to find a real MMA fan, plus more and more gyms are opening.
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