Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:54 PM
A few years ago, it had a big growth in interest and coverage, and much was talked about it overtaking boxing in popularity. I don't know if it has kept on growing, found its level or dropped back.
I've occasionally tried watching it, but the programmes seem to be 80% chitchat, 20% action and lots of ad breaks. And it's usually on late, so I sometimes doze off before anything happens.
Without wanting to sound like an old man, it was a lot better in the old days. These days all of the fighters have a genuinely mixed training regime dominated by wrestling and ju jitsu, but also including various other styles depending on their background. In the early 90's, when UFC videos were doing the rounds and it was banned in almost every state in the US, you had a wider variety of fighters. So you'd get a boxer against a judoka or muay thai versus a wrestler, etc. It was a lot more interesting IMO because of that mix. It was the dominance of Royce Gracie that got everyone into Brazilian Ju Jitsu and that trend changed the dynamic of the fights. Now, because they mostly have similar backgrounds, there is a lot less variety in styles and the fights can become a little familiar.
"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."
Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959