My head hurts.
This one made me laugh though. I don't think you could come up with a more irrelevant stat if you tried.
this is because you are likely an american with no concept of just how small and insignificant you are.
let me make it even more clear to you. if you watched football, thats real football, not your provincial little version, you would realise the following.
if something becomes a world sport, there are different markets all running parallel. there is no nfl attracting all the talent. there are many different grass roots orgs and there are mant different leagues. there are inevitably 4 or 5 really big ones. they do not try to buy each other or forbid sportsmen from moving from one to the other. thats not how it works in the real world. you have the main orgs and at any time players can move from one to the other. they have healthy talent pools and they have, depending on their respective incentives, international markets attracting talent. and then you have inevitably competition between these orgs. what you do not have in global sports are orgs based in america that attract all the talent and go outof their way to denigrate everyone else. the global expansion of mma like any other sport does not support this model.
thats reality. thats reality in football. thats reality in rugby. in cricket. sports that >>>>> of times bigger than the ones you watch.
you dont watch ufc because of the hype machine or because it is local. you watch it ultimately because thats where the talent is. therefore thats where the international market is strongest.
but as other orgs grow the equation changes.
creating cold fronts with russia and eastern europe wont help in the long term, because as their talent pool grows they will deal with eveyone apart from america.
already there are a handful of different centres worldwide for mma. and their regions of control and influence are growing as they trade with each other. this will only increase in the years to come if the sport continues to grow.
as mma goes global, that is reality.