For those that have been sitting in the back seat of the MMA hype machine for the past couple years, I think it’s time that you guys have a little taste of some harsh reality. Mixed martial arts is undoubtedly a global phenomenon. One needs to only look at the multinational panel of fighters that hold belts in every division within the UFC. From South Africa to South Asia, MMA organizations have enjoyed unusually high success. The nature of fighting is easily understood, regardless of what section of the hemisphere you inhabit.
However, the entire MMA industry lives inside of a microscopic bubble that is hidden inside of another equally microscopic bubble called ‘combat sports.’ Sure there’s boxing, but it’s enjoyed a much longer lifespan in our culture which naturally facilitates familiarity of its athletes and the ‘mainstream.’ Ask people who Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali and they will be happy to tell you — and that’s universal, folks. Now ask who Jon Jones is and you will truly understand how small of an imprint MMA has left on humanity. Massive props to MMA Surge for this video, which serves as an unintentional experiment on the popularity of MMA in society.