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.