Mixed Martial Arts Arrives to the Mainstream

This weekend marked another monumental step forward in the rise of mixed martial arts as a mainstream sport. UFC 2 on FOX was a huge event not only because of the exciting match ups, but because it will quite possibly be the most widely viewed mixed martial arts event ever in the U.S. It has been a long and bumpy ride since UFC 1 in 1993, but mixed martial arts has finally arrived on the biggest broadcasting network in the United States. The first UFC event on FOX back in November of 2011 averaged around 5.7 million viewers, which made it the most viewed professional fight in the U.S. since Lennox Lewis fought Vitali Klitschko in 1993. With a broadcast reach of over 99 million homes, this event will mark a major turning point in the history of not only the UFC, but mixed martial arts worldwide. Expect records to be smashed. Following up this big news, in just 2 weeks ONE FC will be holding its second event in Jakarta, which will reach a remarkable 500 million homes. Get ready sports world, mixed martial arts is taking over.

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