There once was a time when boxing ruled the sports landscape The heavyweight champion was the most feared and famous athlete on the planet
There once was a time when boxing ruled the sports landscape. The heavyweight champion was the most feared and famous athlete on the planet. Boxers like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Mike Tyson were household names throughout the world.
However, over the last decade, a sport with history and honor has lost its popularity to upstart sports like mixed martial arts (MMA). The decline of elite fighters in the heavyweight division and the lack of knockouts have led many young men to look for action and excitement in sports like MMA.
Because of the decline of boxing, mixed martial arts has taken over and has become the sport of choice for the age 18-34 demographic and put the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on course to join the ranks of elite sports leagues like the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.
As a longtime fan of MMA, I am always interested in how the sport has evolved outside of the cage. Now with the sport hitting the mainstream market with a prime demographic of 13-35 year olds, you see MMA’s influence here.