A little over 2 weeks ago, the sport of professional boxing received quite a lot of attention in the sports world. The problem was that it was negative attention stemming from the bout between Timothy Bradley Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, in which Timothy Bradley Jr. was somehow chosen as the winner of the fight. Boxing has seen better days and this controversial decision, along with the fact that there hasn’t been a match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, is not helping to revive the sport’s popularity. With all of the negative attention that boxing has been getting, I think it’s safe to say that the already popular Ultimate Fighting Championship has a bright future ahead. And soon.
There is so much to love about UFC. First off, it’s truly amazing to see how each fighter has their own specific style. Fighters such as Brock Lesnar, Ryan Bader, Randy Couture, and Cain Velasquez were All-American wrestlers in college. There are also fighters like the incredible Anderson Silva, who have experience in Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do. The amazing Georges St. Pierre has trained with famous boxing coach Freddy Roach and started taking Kyokushin karate at the age of 7. Then, there are other fighters such as Frank Mir, who specialize in submission maneuvers. UFC fans will never forget when at UFC 48, Frank Mir placed Tim Sylvia in an unbelievable arm bar that broke Sylvia’s arm in 2 places to win the Heavyweight championship. If you watch highlights from the fight, you will cringe when you see Sylvia’s radius bone snap 3 inches under his elbow. And last but not least, there are fighters like Chuck Lidell, Josh Koscheck, and Dan Henderson who step into the ring and try to knockout their opponents with a punch.
The best part about the sport overall is the fact that you just never know what you’re going to get each time these fighters step into the octagon. When I watched my first UFC event, an up and coming fighter by the name of Jon Jones was fighting in the preliminary fights before the pay-per-view event. Nowadays, Jones is the Light Heavyweight Champion who seems to be virtually unbeatable. He has dominated against the very best in the UFC such as Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, and recently Rashad Evans. In November, Junior Dos Santos knocked out Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in less than 2 minutes, despite Velasquez being favored to win.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the excitement for yourself, I highly suggest viewing UFC 148 on July 7th, which features a rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen for the Middleweight Title. All you have to do is give it a chance!!!