What is this babbling? So you are saying more kids in America know what MMA is and want to be MMA fighters? But in Asia that isn't exactly the case?
MMA was somewhat founded in Japan. MMA was WAAAAAAAY more popular in Japan in the 90s than it was in AMerica.
I don't buy your post at all.
MMA was more popular in Japan, years ago... Now it is dying, it has failed to evolve like the North American Style has(which is only really successful in the case of the UFC brand) and people have moved on.
In fact the only reason I think MMA was as popular in Japan as it once was is because of the somewhat pro wrestling attitude towards it. They used it more as a form of entertainment having freakshow fights, fancy entrances and even was thought to be corrupt and rigged in some cases.
MMA as a sport has advanced in leaps and bounds through the UFC but it hasn't taken over in countries that aren't directly affected by the UFC. Plain and simple it is because other countries don't care about it for the most part. Just like Canada and US suck at football(soccer) since they don't care enough about the sport to focus on it instead of American football and basketball etc.
There are lots of other good professional fighters in Asia but they decide to go into locally promoted styles of fights. In Thailand you have lots of very devastating Thai boxers for example. With training some of these guys could be great MMA fighters but why should they care about a sport that is non existent in their country? Why waste time learning how to wrestle if you have to leave your home and family to go fight in the US?
You also have to forget about the history of MMA coming from Asia. It is VERY different from what we see in the UFC today. Martial arts in its original forms were no where close to what the UFC uses and that is why most karate/kung fu fighters etc aren't successful in "MMA".