MMA Will Apply To Become An Olympic Sport
UFC is one of the top combat sports organizations in the world. They’re largely responsible for bringing MMA into the public consciousness. You could make the argument MMA is among the most popular sports in the world. So why not add it to the roster of Olympic sports?
The World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) is planning to submit an application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next year for MMA to be officially recognized as an Olympic sport.
“In the next year we will give in our application to have MMA recognized as an Olympic sport. We already have our documents ready,” said WMMAA president Vadim Finkelstein in an interview with TASS.
“We have a very good chance to get a positive response, MMA is now the most popular sport on the planet, there are more than 60 countries in our federation. I believe we have the chance that MMA will be in the Olympic program in the future, but it is not something achievable in the next year or two.”
It would be pretty great to see MMA get the recognition it deserves in the Olympic games, although it’d be interesting to see just how it would be conducted. MMA tournaments aren’t uncommon, but I could imagine even a winner getting sidelined by injury and being unable to continue to the medal fight. Then again, how often does that happen in boxing and other Olympic combat sports? Either way, I’d be stoked to see MMA at the Olympic level, and could easily imagine it becoming a ratings draw.
But what do you think about MMA potentially becoming an Olympic sport? Sound off in the comments!
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