So today while at work someone told me that MMA and the UFC is the reason for underground fight clubs. I was shocked initially but after some thinking and their arguments I wondered to myself just how much influence it has.
Here are some of the thoughts on the post. I am also looking forward to hearing your comments. I need ammo for the next time I see this person.
I challenge you to go to your local mall and count how many Tapout, Affliction, or UFC shirts you see. The results may surprise you. The sport of MMA has stepped up and has surpassed many American sports in terms of popularity. Some would argue that it has already overthrown baseball, hockey, and soccer here in the States.
One of the most popular movies in recent time was a classic that had a cult like following. One that featured an underground fight club. Interestingly enough, the movie was titles as such (Fight Club, if your slow). While at work today, someone told me “MMA is the reason for the stupid teen fight clubs”. I was shocked to hear this, which led to this post.
The MMA movement for guys is the equal to the MTV TRL movement for young teenage girls. Everyone thinks they are a cagefighter. Go to the bar at night. You will see ten or more self proclaimed Chuck Liddells that are looking for a fight (usually drunk, with no girl, and pissed off at the world). Some of this is bad decision making, a lack of intelligence, and bad self esteem (look at me acting like Dr. Phil). However, I also feel that part of it is that they see the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM, and the other organizations, only to assume that they are just as tough.
While I know that MMA is NOT the reason for underground fight clubs, I can't say that it isn't influencing it. Help me out, I need ammo!!!!!