Not sure how many MMA fans we have here, I've really been getting into it. When I first watched it I thought it was too brutal but now I gotta admit I think it's awesome and the more I watch the more I see how technical it is.
IMO Boxing is dead, it's a fricken joke. The tippity top of 1vs1 competition in world sports is Mixed Martial Arts and the title of "Baddest Man on the Planet" doesn't go to some boxing fake with some random title it goes to the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
The rugby nations have a pretty good representation in the UFC last weekend Samoan Kiwi legend Mark Hunt at 39 years old won a huge match by TKO against maybe one of the biggest up and coming young MMA fighters in the world - a 7ft tall Stefan Struve. This won him knockout of the night and put him in the top 10 heavyweight rankings.
Another kiwi is Light heavyweight James TeHuna who is 5 - 1 in the UFC and has won 4 in a row and considered one of the most dangerous strikers in the division. In a recent fight he broke the UFC record for significant strikes landed in a round and I think the fight broke the record for total significant strikes landed total.
MMA seems to be pretty big in the UK and I get the feeling it's sky rocketing in Australia. With TeHuna and Hunt doing well in the UFC it should be growing in NZ as well. Any of you lot follow it?