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STONEMAN 12-06-2006 12:22 PM

Where Will MMA Be In Ten Years?
MMA has come a long way since the first UFC! Since Dana and company bought the UfC, it has become one of the top PPV draws in the world. Pride has also done very well. Right now there are a rather large number of orginazations trying to get a piece of the MMA action. You have the IFL making some headway with thier team concepts, and a number of small events that appear all over the place! My question is-WHAT WILL THE SPORT LOOK LIKE IN TEN YEARS FROM NOW? Will things be about the same as they are now or will there be a giant Orginazation competing on the same level as the UFC and PRIDE? ANY PREDICTIONS?

NICK C 12-06-2006 12:43 PM

I see more talented athletes moving into the sport. Guys that traditionally would have flocked to basketball, football etc. will shift their focuss to MMA at an earlier age due to its new found popularity (GSP is a good example of this, he is a gifted athlete just as he is a fighter). Also, hopefully fighters will be making money comparable to other professional athletes. I don't know if another major organization like UFC or PRIDE will emerge, however it is possible. Instead, I see fighters getting weeded out as the abilities of fighters and knowledge of the sport grows. The best of the bunch will rise to the top and the rest will dabble in the smaller shows.

Mshadows69 12-06-2006 12:59 PM

I can see mma becoming a greater mainstream force, with the fighters gaining much more recognition and popularity, however this will make it difficult for the fighters to train as they usually would, such as going to the same gym with the same guys. Their poularity will make training in local gyms very difficult due to the attention they would recieve and they would eventually have to pay for their own gyms or have security guard them whist they work out.

Zapatista 12-06-2006 01:32 PM

Hopefully, in ten years MMA will be legal (amateur and pro) in every U.S state. There are many where it isn't legal still (California is a big one) and, I hope to see it become legal.

Also, like other people have stated, I think there will be higher caliber fighters. Hopefully it can be where kids can start MMA at a young age just like they can do with Taekwondo and Karate. If that catches on, the quality of fighters will increase since they have been training significantly longer.

I don't think there will be another big company (like UFC or Pride FC), but I do think that the smaller ones will start making it difficult for the UFC and Pride FC to keep the whole market share. In ten years, I'd hope to see a regular cable show (I know there are certain things on Thursdays on Spike) that doesn't just rebroadcast PPV fights (it is nice though) but has regular fights on that program, maybe from people the specific organization wouldn't put in a PPV but still want to give that fighter a chance to show the world what they have.

A thing that would be neat is the woman's sector of MMA getting more exposure. Up until BodogMMA, I didn't even know there were woman who did this. So, more exposure for them would be great.

I'm also for the higher pay too. The pro fighters spend countless hours in the gym and they don't really get paid well (at least that's what I have heard about the UFC). They should be able to support themselves but still train as hard as they can to make the fights more enjoyable for the fans.

kaiser1041 12-06-2006 02:17 PM

mma will be where boxing was ten years ago at its prime and very mainstream

gabester76 12-07-2006 07:23 PM

no. there will be no mma in 10 years, we will be gone then since Joe Rogan said the world is ending in 2012 :dunno:

NOLA_JACK 12-08-2006 05:14 AM

1 word answer --->EVERYWHERE

Now, what I mean by that is Dana White, while he is a cheap ****, is a marketing genius. His increasing number of shows on Spike are exposing the UFC to more and more people. Prides shows in the U.S. are making it more mainstream. MMA is getting publicity and with something as amazing as MMA when people see it they want to see more. So people are watching more and more until it eventually makes MMA where football is right now, or where boxing was when we were all younger.

The publicity is there, the product is there, and the people are coming.

TAPuOUTx13 12-08-2006 09:47 PM

Endless Possibilities
That is a good question. The sport has grown by leaps and bounds just in the last 5 years. A lot of factors could be at play in the next 10. More networks besides Spike getting involved on a steady and permanent basis would create more opportunities for endorsement. If Nike comes to play in this arena the financial possibilities are endless. Nike isn't the only one either.Imagine if 8 warriors fought a tournament over a certain time frame for a 4 million dollar contract. You would truly attract the top fighters in all orginizations for that money. Large promoters from boxing, throwing their money around could stir things up for the worse or the better, who knows. These promoters have a lot of money to throw around.All I know is that it should make for an outstanding entertainment venue.

f-dog 12-08-2006 10:24 PM

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I don't have any predictions as to how mma will be ten years from now but I hope that mma in general will foster fighters of a Randy Couture or Mirko Filipovic nature. Humble, respectful fighters who are no less warriors than the trash talking disrespectful a-holes like Tito Ortiz and company.

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cabby 12-08-2006 10:28 PM

Hopefully about as important soccer is to Mexico:D

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