A sport which previously may have been looked on with distaste, MMA is enjoying the fruits of being the fastest growing sport in the world. Fans of the sport appreciate the sport for its artistic values, the combination of different martial arts and for the entertainment spectacle that organisations like the UFC bring to their fight cards.
The sport profile has risen considerably over the past few years with the aid of high profile starts like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones. With McGregor breaking records for PPV numbers and gate receipts with every fight he takes. In his last fight at UFC196, the PPV numbers were said to be around 1.5 million, on a level with the figures from the UFC’s biggest card ever, UFC100. However, the gate receipts from UFC196 show how much the sport has grown in popularity over the past 7 years since UFC100. UFC100 took $5.1 million at the gate from 10,871 spectators at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, compared to $8.1 million and 14,898 in the audience for UFC 196 at the MGM Grand, also in Vegas. Fans are excited by the spectacle, they love the drama and above all they love to see fights.
2 Months from now will be what the UFC are hoping to be their biggest event ever, UFC 200. 200 is set to for amazing fights, with the prospect of 3 title fights, featuring some of the UFC’s most prolific fighters and some young prospects who will be hoping to reach the profiles of Rousey, McGregor and Jones. UFC 200, on July 9th, is the culmination of 3 events in as many days for the UFC. The organisations first time doing this, after doing 2 nights in a row a year earlier at UFC189.
Rafael Dos Anjos will defend his lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez on July 7th on a UFC Fight Pass card. Then on July 8th is the finale of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality show where teams are coached by UFC fighters. The coaches will throw down in a title fight for the Women’s Strawweight title held by Joanna Jedrzejczyk, versus Claudia Gadelha in an eagerly anticipated rematch of when Joanna won by split decision, with some experts believing Claudia had the fight won.
UFC 200 card (subject to change) – July 9th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight Championship)
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar (Interim Featherweight Championship)
Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes (Women’s Bantamweight Championship)
Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne (Heavyweight)
Johnny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum (Welterweight)
Gegard Mousasi vs Derek Brunson (Middleweight)
Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon (Lightweight)
Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin (Lightweight)
Jim Miller vs Takanori Gomi (Lightweight)
Cat Zingingo vs Julianna Pena (Women’s Bantamweight)