ESPN has been turning it's nose up to MMA from day one along with all traditional print outlets. It's pathetic. They take an incredibly dated point of view and don't learn about the actual SPORT of MMA, rather they look at it through their own lense of ignorance. I grew up a big boxing fan, but by the mid 90's with or without MMA I was through with it. The dirty promoters, the absolute dirtbag fighters at the top of some of the divisions, the judges on the take, the sport was destroyed. I'm just glad MMA was there to pick up the slack from day one and the sport has done nothing but grow in its audience, it's diversity, and it's legitimacy particularly once the unified rules and weight classes came into play. At that point MMA left the bar room and became a legit sport that was more entertaining than any other to watch and exponentially more entertaining than boxing EVER was. I like Rome but he loses serious points letting old timers try and dictate to his audience whether or not boxing has lost it's place at the top of the combat sports totem pole.