The overdue Sports piece is finally here with our look at the world of Mixed Martial Arts (‘MMA’).
MMA has taken the modern Sporting world by storm, but like everything else, its been a long road. MMA’s place in Pop-Culture has recently cemented by its acknowledgment from the Boxing world which has seen a match up between UFC Champion Conor Mcgregor and Floyd Mayweather set to go down on Saturday, August 26.
The origins of MMA could be traced back to pre-recorded history, including the Roman ‘Gladiators’. Mankind has always enjoyed its ‘duels to the death’ in various shapes and forms. It can perhaps be said that MMA is probably a modern expression of the enduring Human desire to ‘see blood’.
The more pragmatic modern history of MMA should probably be traced to 1993 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its first event in an octagonal cage. In its inception, the UFC purported to try to discover the most effective forms of fighting, whether it be boxing, wrestling or some martial art.
Aside from pitting the forms of fighting against each other, the UFC originally sold its fights as an alternative to boxing as fighting without rules. The UFC has come a long way since those early days where the sport was referred to as “human cockfighting”.
The bad reputation surely could have sunk the UFC for good.
TV Cable pay-per-view providers refused to show the events, and 36 US States banned no-holds-barred fighting. Faced with this adversity, the UFC had to work toward legitimacy. Rules were added, including bans on strikes to downed opponents, strikes to the neck and back of the head and groin shots.
Through this process, the UFC and modern MMA was born of its primitive past.
MMA has also progressed from its singular discipline past. Modern MMA fighters pride themselves on being well-rounded fighters. This includes abilities in striking like boxing, grappling like wrestlers and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The sport has also created celebrities out of some of its fighters, notably and most recently Conor Mcgregor.
Mayweather Vs McGregor: The Future of MMA
The Mayweather / McGregor Fight may reshape the future of Boxing, UFC and Sports itself. The fight represents the merger of two Sports disciplines in one fight. Speculation is rife about how far reaching it could be, and it will be interesting to see where it goes.
The fight’s positive effect on the public’s perception of MMA itself, cannot be doubted. MMA will be well represented by McGregor. The exposure this will bring to the sport is a big positive. Even though it’s a boxing match, MMA and UFC will obviously be a major, major piece of the discussion.
This is both an important and complicated moment in combat sports history.
We’ll be tuned in on ‘Fight Night’, and hope you enjoyed our long overdue Sports entry.
Meanwhile, peep the links below for more on MMA, Mcgregor, his fight with Mayweather and its possible impact on the future of MMA and Sport itself.
A documentary chronicling McGregor’s rise as well as more MMA and UFC documentaries are in our YouTube Channels ‘Music, Sports and Culture’ Playlist.
You’ll also notice we have links to our Record Label ‘Majestic Music’s’ featured Music Video and some Audio from me featuring selected songs from my two albums on the Website’s Home Page.
We’ll be switching up the songs and videos from time to time, so you can also get familiar with the music side of what we do at your own pace. Meantime, I’ve included links to the Majestic Music and Vhedza Artist Pages here on FB.
Our featured Music Video this week is Mr Cee’s ‘Rure Rure’ which is on an Electro-Afro Beat Tip…..Mad energetic.
Next up is our weekly Global News and Culture Capsule ‘Guerilla Funk’.
Links & Credits
MMA History: http://www.mmaodds.com/history-of-mma/
Sherdog MMA Magazine: http://www.sherdog.com/
Official UFC League Page: http://www.ufc.com/
McGregor Bio: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/mma/4080251/conor-mcgregors-amazing-journey-from-plumbers-apprentice-to-78m-fight-against-legend-floyd-mayweather/
Mayweather, Mcgregor, UFC & Boxing: http://kwese.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/19374536/floyd-mayweather-versus-conor-mcgregor-does-mean-boxing-mma
Mayweather Vs McGregor Report: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/other-sports/when-is-the-floyd-mayweather-vs-conor-mcgregor-fight-date-time-undercard-prediction-and-all-you-need-a3602491.html
Culture Lounge YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0SW5w3aLXj7B3npFLlGug
Majestic Music Page: https://www.facebook.com/Majesticmusicrecords/
Vhedza Page: https://www.facebook.com/Vhedza/