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The summer of make or break?

The standard weekly conversation I have with my parents over the phone pretty much goes like this: “Hi Ryan, how are you, we love you, when are you going to get a real job and stop wasting your life on a fad?” The conversation is actually a lot more indepth and sneaky than that, but if you read between the lines that’s what they’re saying.

Even if they thought blogging about MMA was a smart employment choice for RIGHT NOW (they don’t), they most certainly have made up their minds that whatever meager success I manage to scrape together for myself over the next few years will be for naught when MMA takes it’s place alongside motocross, surfing, and poker as fad sports that are no longer ‘hot’.

And that’s a reasonable fear, one made in the prospectus of every publicly traded MMA company out there: “We’re still not sure if MMA will continue to grow or if it’s just a fad.” Personally, I have no fucking clue what’s in store for the sport down the road. Will it tank? I dunno … I guess it’s possible. Will it explode? I’d like to think it will. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

We might not have to wait all that long before things become clear. There’s a number of pretty big events coming up, and Dave Meltzer lays out why this Summer could be considered the most important summer for the sport of MMA ever. Keep in mind though that everyone was saying the same thing last year when the UFC bought PRIDE.

Humans have a strange habit of always thinking they’re wrapped up in important times. Most Christian fundamentalists think the Rapture is gonna happen during their lifetime. Most politicos think that the outcome of upcoming elections is going to result in the life or death of America as we know it. And so on and so on. The truth is usually a lot less exciting: succeed or fail, things will stay relatively the same. Most likely the upcoming events will just be another round in the long battle for MMA’s position in the sports world.

  • DannyP72 says:

    When was Surfing ever big?

  • Accomando says:

    MMA will tank, in fact, it’s already starting to.

    I forsee only the UFC being successfull, along with the local MMA events like the XFO.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Rampage v. Chuck II ruined MMA’s chances at mainstream popularity.

    I suspect one of two things for EliteXC event later this month on CBS…..
    1) Its ratings suck and gets dropped after 1 show.
    2) Something goes terribly wrong….(someone takes a dive or horrific injury occurs) and it gets dropped after 1 show.

    How’s that for optimism?

  • Michaelthebox says:

    Accomando: how can MMA tank if it was never making money to begin with?

    Sooner or later the UFC will break through to the mainstream. And MMA as a whole will chug along way behind, just as it always has.

  • dignan says:

    All you need to do is figure out a way to make money with this site.

    Unfortunately that means going mainstream, cutting out the unedited commentary and stop all the hijinks.

    Everything that makes it fun.

  • S. Jennum says:

    Rampage-Chuck ruined mainstream popularity? I guess if you ignore that since then, MMA has gotten on live network TV, UFC has done several of its biggest PPV numbers ever,, Yahoo, etc. all expanded their MMA coverage, and so on, then yes, you can say Rampage-Chuck ruined MMA.

  • Hattori Hanzo says:

    Blog about competitve eating

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    You could always tell them that you’re gay/bi? That will get them off your “MMA is a fad” bandwagon.

  • sarah says:

    At the last MMA event I went to, I noticed a wonderful trend: way, way more 13-year-old boys. Those kids are only going to get older, get jobs, and spend their newfound money on buying MMA stuff. this sport will only get bigger and bigger. I mean, think about how awesome MMA is – that’s the true test. this is only the beginning. keep your chin up.

  • Spending all your time noticing the 13 year old boys, eh?

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    Gotta get them while they’re fresh. No sloppy seconds & no STD’s.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    I don’t really have a doubt that MMA will continue to grow bigger in the years to come. I mean, fighting was pretty much the first “sport” in the history of mankind, it always fascinated people, whether it was to the death or not, with or without weapons, fistfighting, original greco wrestling, Pankration, whatever… And MMA is the 21st century version. Sure, times have changed, but have people? I mean have people REALLY changed? I don’t think so.

    I don’t know if it was around here, but somewhere I read someone (I think it was Mark Cuban) saying that he thinks MMA will be the number 1 sport in America in something like 20, 30 years. Because it is so pure, so fascinating, because it plays to our basic instincts, to the savage beasts inside us.

    Now I don’t really think EliteXC or any of the other American non-UFC-companies that are around right now will survive in the long run, but the sport, if you ask me, definitely will grow bigger and bigger.

  • Mark says:

    I think it will gradually get bigger. It may have exploded a bit in the last couple years, but that sort of growth can’t last forever. It is a very interesting thing to watch, and with alot of young dedicated fans I think that it will steadily grow for awhile…. after it deflates a bit.

  • #1 jackal says:

    Fuck the mma haters and their “fad” thinking ways.

  • RoB says:

    yeah these are the same people that said roller shoes were a fad! what the fuck do they know!