Being a fan of MMA used to be a very strange existence. It used to be that when you tell people who watch sports like football and baseball that you prefer cage fighting you would be met with surprised looks and a lot of questions. As fans of MMA, we have always been outsiders in the culture of sports fandom.
Personally, I drifted from team sports. I stopped caring about the score of the big game or trade deadlines or championships. I like to watch two individuals test their skill sets against each other and figure out instantly who is better on a given night.
Now the UFC is on ESPN – and that’s a big deal. Once in a blue moon you might see a brief mention of MMA on the worldwide leader in sports platform and it’s like seeing your best friend get on TV. We all laugh at the broadcasters trying to talk about our sport and then go back to our own little world where everyone gets it and the fans are always angry because they’re passionate.
Now we’re part of the club. The UFC is on ESPN’s website, on the ESPN+ app, the news ticker and social media accounts. This is a sport that at one time you had to know someone who had VHS tapes you could borrow just to get your fix. Now all you have to do is turn on your TV – and that’s a really cool thing. Paragraph
I never felt like MMA was just mine. I have always wanted to share it with the world and I will talk to anyone about it who will listen. That’s why I started the MMA on the Rocks podcast over two and a half years ago. It’s always been exciting to be a fan of MMA – but now it’s an exciting time to be a fan of MMA. We are on the verge of the UFC being mentioned with the likes of the NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA and NHL. So I’ll say it again – that’s a big deal.
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