Although Christmas week didn’t feature an MMA show from any of the leading promotions, there were still some very interesting developments made for future contests—certainly, the timing of these announcements wasn’t a coincidence!
MMA is the most exciting sport around today, and this excitement is largely a byproduct of its generally unpredictable nature. The simple diversity of the game, from the stand-up, clinch, and ground, create an unprecedented number of positions and potential outcomes.
It’s hard to envision a primetime show that could have went better than this one for the UFC (Nate Diaz’s expletive-ridden rant, despite what many will say, was also good for the promotion).
Rizin Fighting Federation, the newest, and perhaps largest, Japanese MMA promotion—was founded earlier this year by former Pride FC president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Featuring three massive UFC cards—one, UFC 194, being the largest of the year—this week in MMA will go down in history as one of the craziest (and best) ever. In fact, there were so many solid fights and impressive results that it would be difficult to recap all of the action.
Especially in today’s larger-than-ever MMA landscape, the reality of the sport is that certain athletes don’t receive the recognition or credit that they deserve. Whether these athletes are overshadowed by big-name stars, or aren’t adequately promoted