Over the past years, MMA events like the UFC are gaining serious ground over Boxing. Proof of that is the simple fact that last year UFC pay-per-view events raised more cash than boxing events.
Boxing has been on the mainstream for as longs as I could recall with fantastic fighters like Gorge Foreman, Mike Tyson, and Evander Holyfield not to mentions the legends like Muhammed Ali, Rocky Marciano and many others who made boxing one of their most prestigious sports there is.
I am a huge boxing fan myself but unfortunately over the past five years, it lost the charm and the prestige that after made boxing a game to watch. I can’t recall how many nights I stayed up till 4 or 5 in the morning waiting to see Tyson fight.
That is one the largest difficulty with boxing these days there aren’t many idols like before. Ask any 20 years old these days who’s their favorite boxer; I’ll be amazed if they state any.
Go and ask the exact same 20 year who is their favorite MMA fighter and I bet he will state:” Out Of UFC or Strikeforce, in what category?”
In its first days, MMA events were believed brutal and no TV channel needed to broadcast its fights reddit live stream. So what made them change their minds? What affects everything is sports these days, MONEY.
When it started the only way to watch UFC struggles was by leasing videotapes now you’ve got cable channels dedicated particularly for MMA and the main events can only be watched on pay-per-view. MMA merchandising power has increased exorbitantly and surpassed boxing, why it has gained so much exposure lately.
There’s a reality show called The Ultimate Fighter that is in its 13th edition, where amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighters fight to become expert.
Even renowned boxing equipment brands are making MMA gear that’s moor proof of their merchandising electricity MMA has these days. Just for the record if Dana White bought the UFC in the Gracie Family, it was worth 2 million Dollars now it’s a two billion dollar business.
But that is not the only reason MMA is much more popular than boxing these days.
This generation can be more lively with fantastic eagerness for actions and MMA struggles to provide just that. While boxing may get rather boring at times, 12 rounds without a knockdown can be dull, to say the least.