I know people who have been in the martial arts for a long time have seen many "fad fighting" methods come and go, but to characterize MMA as "just another TaeBo" is way off the mark.
MMA is now the third highest-grossing sport in the United States. Anything that has 3 million + homes purchasing a $40 to $50 pay per view event on a monthly basis... that is rapidly becoming a part of the culture. It has already far exceeded boxing and pro wrestling combined.
At some point its popularity will peak and taper off, but I think it would be more correct to emphasize its cultural similarity to boxing. In years to come, fathers will be teaching their sons to keep up their guard, sprawl to defend the takedown, and how to nail an armbar from bottom guard... and will do just as incomplete and sloppy a job of it as many backyard boxing coaches did in the last few generations. This is going to change the manner in which street fighting takes place in this country.
MMA may later be supplanted by something else, but considering the tremendous difficulty - and near death of the sport - before getting sanctioned, I'd have to say it will be a long time before anything more violent comes to the fore.
Long story short, MMA isn't going anywhere.
Hate to be the contrarian, Mr Miller. I always enjoy your posts.
-- Ian Rafferty
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