I have always had an appreciation for martial arts, and I have aged and grown more disenchanted with American football I have begun to immerse myself into the world of global MMA. I never would have anticipated being allowed to write on this subject for school, but I was given that permission and I have fallen in love with the world of combat sports. When I started this blog I really only knew of the UFC, and now I have collected a knowledge of men and women who gave pride to their countries and produced millions of dollars doing something our government wanted to have outlawed.
There was more to following global MMA than just trying to learn foreign names. Asia and South America both televised and drew money by putting on full contact fights, they also both used different models for making stars and putting on events that would be tolerable to all audiences based on their culture.
The Brazilians have the longest bare-knuckle tradition and were all about bragging rights and proving that their style was supreme.
The Japanese fought for honor and to promote traditional styles of sport, where losing was nothing to be ashamed of as long as you fought with your heart and mind.
It is exciting today to see the promise of international promotions and their ability to bring more and more talent and viewing options to an audience desperate to know they are viewing the best the world has to offer.
Magomedov v. Yan
Today nearly 50 countries are represented in the UFC. While the stigma of full contact fighting still prevails throughout a large part of the United States population, it is largely due to our country having a combat culture with traditions based on guns.No other sport offers a venue for athletes of all sexes from any country to prove that their style is the best above all.