Second, unhealthy I’ve wanted to write a piece on MMA for a while and I often have written a few lines, and then I think, “No one wants to read about this.” Boy have I been wrong, dead wrong.
The sport that once was called cage fighting is now known as MMA and the UFC is the dominate company taking it to new heights. The U.F.C. packs arenas all around the globe, it isn’t quite conventional, which means it is only a sporadic presence on sports radio, websites and “SportsCenter”. It’s most important chroniclers can be found on the MMA obsessed web sites that keep track of every storyline, statistic, etc.
The U.F.C. presents about one pay-per-view fight every month, averaging hundreds of thousands of buys per fight. The company also broadcasts dozens more events on Fox channels and through an online subscription service.
To give you some context on what MMA is, it is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. In layman’s terms it’s some badass stuff.
And the queen badass for the last few years has been Ronda Rousey. Rousey is a former judo champion, and going into Saturday night’s fight versus Holm she was 12-0 and the bantamweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Rousey fights with a move known in judo as juji gatame, which can be painful to contemplate, let alone receive. I won’t get into details you can Google it, if your stomach can handle it.
She loves to be hated and if you read her book My Fight, Your Fight you can see how much she worked her ass off to get to where she is. She was chocked at birth with her umbilical cord, which led to her not speaking until she was six, her father committed suicide, she has suffered severe body image issues, abusive relationship, etc. Rousey has done a lot for female athletes and has become a fierce feminist in our society. She has a chip on her shoulder, and I love her honesty. In the sports world we often don’t get that type of honesty.
I am not saying she is perfect and doesn’t have flaws we all do. I am rooting for her to see how she comes back from her loss, and I know many are rooting for her and the UFC to fail.