Posted by Rush
I voted never.
Why? Because I think to gain the status of popularity of all those other orgs. you have to have a team based on a country, state, city, etc.
MMA is an individual competative sport. The fan base for any given fighter is more sparse regionally. Unlike team sports, you just don't get the same kind of support with MMA with respect to rivalries between fans, support for the "home team", etc. Those are the things that fuel hockey, football, Amer. football, etc.
Not only that, mechandising is so hard to do with the short careers of fighters and the fickle nature of many fans.
I think it could because at one time, boxing was the most popular sport back in the day and that was one on one action. But the thing MMA has that will lift it beyond boxing and put it up their with those sports, is UNPREDICTABILITY. With MMA, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! With so any different technique and styles involved. And that's why I love it so much. It's why I loved GSP/Serra 1, Rampage/Chuck 2, Chuck/Jardine, Gonzaga/Cro Cop, and Forrest/Shogun.
I mean, MMA is very comparable to the NBA. You have that one person like Jordan who comes back and achieves greatness, in Randy Couture even though I wouldn't call him the greatest of all time. You have that one fresh young new blood in Lebron James that's destined for greatness, in GSP. Then believe or not I can compare BJ Penn to Kobe Bryant. They are that one guy that achieves success early in his career, then has a downfall(BJ bloating up and Lakers having bad seasons since Shaq left) to now having great success and becoming one of the greatest of all time being the best fighter out their right now in the present. IMO.
My choice is undecided. I'm stuck between probably not and definitely could. I'll just say I wouldn't be surprised if it happens.