Mixed Martial Arts continues its climb to the mainstream sports world as networks broadcast increasing amounts of MMA content. Last night alone, Fx debuted the 2.5 hour season premiere of the Ultimate Fighter 15 while MTV simultaneously aired Bellator 60.
Both Mixed Martial Arts events were broadcast live during primetime. TUF is appearing on Fx for the first time and is featuring a revamped format, including increasing the competition to 13 weeks, from 6 weeks, editing soon before the show airs and featuring live fights. This season also features Lightweight contenders, coached by top Bantamweight Mixed Martial Arts fighters, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
While 32 Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts fighters squared off to secure a place as part of the final 16 fighters competing for the title of The Ultimate Fighter, Bellator 60 saw the ushering in of a new Featherweight champion, as Pat Curran defeated Joe Warren in a third round knockout. Both events provided a full evening of top level MMA competition without the need to purchase a pricey Pay Per View event.
This trend will likely accelerate when Fox TV begins airing UFC fights this year. It is postulated that this 7 year deal could determine if Mixed Martial Arts can make the leap to be a mainstream sport. It is undeniable that bringing the UFC out of Pay Per View and into a free broadcast format will automatically expand the existing viewership and fanbase at minimum and may lead to an explosion of the sport’s popularity at best.
Along with the increasing popularity of the sport, we are seeing Mixed Martial Arts training facilities becoming more common, as fans seek to participate in the sport. Real World Mixed Martial Arts in Denville, NJ, is a training facility offering top level MMA instruction. As a Renzo Gracie affiliate school, RWMMA is home to Team Renzo Gracie Denville. Men, women, teens and kids train as part of the team in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. The Gracie family founded the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and today it’s an integral part of every MMA fight. RWMMA is true to the Gracie training style that emphasizes superior technique, good sportsmanship and overall positive mental and physical health. Team members train at RWMMA for various reasons – for fitness, hobby, self-defense and competition. A number of amateur and pro Mixed Martial Arts athletes train at the school, including up and coming Bellator pro fighter, Claudio Ledesma.
For people seeking to experience real MMA training at one of the best training facilities in Northern NJ, the school offers a 30 Days Free Training program for new students. For more information, contact Real World Mixed Martial Arts. Take action and become part of the Mixed Martial Arts movement - one of the fastest growing and most compelling sports in history.