UFC President, Dana White is ready to take on Soccer, and have MMA take it’s place as the worlds number one sport with the UFC as it’s respectful front runner. How does he plan to accomplish such a feat? He has a 10 year plan:
“UFC will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020. People were saying I was a lunatic 10 years ago when we first got this going, but the stuff we’re working on right now on so many levels is mind-boggling…. The sport was just sanctioned in Massachusetts and Vancouver. We’re going to get it done in Ontario and New York in 2010. And we’re already working on taking the UFC global. We’ve already done Germany, England and Ireland, and we just sold 22,000 seats for an event in Australia in 15 minutes…. Right now we are on some form of television in over 175 countries. We’re all human beings and we all ‘get’ fighting…. Me and Lorenzo Fertitta will sit down and figure out a game plan for the next 10 years, and we’ll execute it. So, is 10 years enough time to make this the biggest sport in the world? Hell, yeah.”
The sport of MMA definitely has all the ingredients to become the worlds number one sport. MMA consists of fighters from all over the globe, and does not require a whole team or different leagues to pull off – since every fighter representing his or even her country can fight and represent all by themselves, unlike sports like American football (NFL) where it is virtually non existent in the rest of the world.
Martial arts, wrestling, and boxing, has long been a part of the Olympic games, and would only seem fitting to at some point be included in those trials as well, which I think would be a huge springboard for MMA and for Dana Whites 10 year plan. With the UFC and other MMA leagues already filling with talent from other parts of the world, how could it not become the worlds biggest and most recognized sport in 10 years?
I don’t think it could ever beat out soccer in terms of filling a stadium like that sport can, and I mean real soccer, not American soccer. However, I do think well before the 10 year time frame is realized, it will easily take 2nd in the world of global sports. What do you guys think?