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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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When will The UFC be covered like that....

If any of you guys just watched the Mosley/Pacqiuao weigh in on ESPN, and the PTI segment following, you'll know what I mean.

When will the weigh ins be broadcast live on ESPN? When will MMA be talked about like Mayweather and Pacqiuao? MMA in general is much more popular but I've never seen the UFC get such extensive coverage like that.

When do you guys think we'll see this?
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I'd say in about 5-10 years once the fan base grows past the teens/early 20s crowd.

Another thing - the competition, in my opinion, is still not up to par. The Strikeforce buyout is definitely a big step in the right direction.

Fighters such as Anderson Silva and GSP have little competition.
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I'd say in about 5-10 years once the fan base grows past the teens/early 20s crowd.
This is an excellent point. The mma fan base is still young where the olds crowd grew up with boxing so in time mma will get there. That said I still think MMA is much more popular in Canada than boxing and would love to see the PPV numbers for boxing vs mma in Canada only.




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By the time guys like me have kids (I'm 21) it will be bigger than most sports in North America, probably much bigger than boxing and likely pretty even with Football. Takes at least one more generation IMO.

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By the time guys like me have kids (I'm 21) it will be bigger than most sports in North America, probably much bigger than boxing and likely pretty even with Football. Takes at least one more generation IMO.
For something like this to happen (with regards to football), there would need to be a large number of fighters on top levels of MMA coming out of each and every city. If this were to happen, it would take a long, long time. MMA is not an olympic sport nor is it a high school and arguably not a college sport. It is a fairly niche sport, if you think about it. So many aspects are involved (wrestling, boxing, BJJ).

It is quickly becoming the boxing of the teens/early 20s generation.
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When families consider it a sport and not human cock fighting.


Thats what it boils down too , Boxing is considered a gentleman's game and is accepted by pretty much every viewing audience , MMA is seen as a barbaric slug fest rather than a sport.


When that perception changes and MMA is legalized world wide then MMA will get covered by SKY , ESPN or any other major sports provider.


MMA is going the right way , the more people realise the beauty of it and the tecnical aspects rather than results I.e Brutal KO's and what it looks like the more it is accepted , but its a long way off yet.

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When families consider it a sport and not human cock fighting.


Thats what it boils down too , Boxing is considered a gentleman's game and is accepted by pretty much every viewing audience , MMA is seen as a barbaric slug fest rather than a sport.


When that perception changes and MMA is legalized world wide then MMA will get covered by SKY , ESPN or any other major sports provider.


MMA is going the right way , the more people realise the beauty of it and the tecnical aspects rather than results I.e Brutal KO's and what it looks like the more it is accepted , but its a long way off yet.





^^^^^this ........more education bout the sport then we are good to go.....

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When the current cast of 50 somethings leave ESPN forever. Some of them even refuse to acknowledge that it is not fake . MMA is something of a social movement in sports, and the rigid old men that run ESPN are resisting it. It happens in all social movements. My guess is that once we the fans (most of which are 15-30) hit our peak earning power the coverage will increase tenfold on major television networks. Money talks.




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By the time guys like me have kids (I'm 21) it will be bigger than most sports in North America, probably much bigger than boxing and likely pretty even with Football. Takes at least one more generation IMO.
While this is an optimistic idea I think it is completely unrealistic. The NFL has established itself for like 70 years and has elite talent being produced in every single city in America. It is just not very realistic to imagine a talent and fan base the size of nfl to emerge in 5-10 years. It really just isn't feasable from an economic stand-point. The UFC is growing like wildfire, but to get as big as the NFL in the next 5-10? No chance.

On the other hand I agree with you that it will most likely be bigger than boxing in 10 years, which has been on the decline for like 10-15 years.


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While this is an optimistic idea I think it is completely unrealistic. The NFL has established itself for like 70 years and has elite talent being produced in every single city in America. It is just not very realistic to imagine a talent and fan base the size of nfl to emerge in 5-10 years. It really just isn't feasable from an economic stand-point. The UFC is growing like wildfire, but to get as big as the NFL in the next 5-10? No chance.

On the other hand I agree with you that it will most likely be bigger than boxing in 10 years, which has been on the decline for like 10-15 years.
This time frame is a generations' worth, ie when my kids are my own age (or close to it). It's closer to 20-25 years and by then MMA and Football will be similar in popularity in North America.

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