MMA & Mexico: A Matter Of Time

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DCRage
9/27/07 10:36:30AM
MMA is growing in popularity all over the world, but one major area has been largely untouched by it yet: Mexico. While the Hispanic community is very big on boxing, the fanbase for MMA, despite efforts to promote Hispanic stars like Roger Huerta, remains very small and with nowhere near the passionate following for boxing.

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As a Hispanic boxing and MMA fan I read this with great interest. I think UFC is doing a good job with using Huerta to try and attract more Hispanics and Latinos to MMA, both as fans and fighters, but they need to find more fighters willing to take on the challenge and also not put them in mismatches like what other promotions (namely PRIDE) have done in the past. It would also help if some of the more popular boxing names were to lend their influence and big bucks to MMA, especially since boxing and the brawling aspect of boxing are both important parts of MMA.
MMAnomale
9/27/07 11:13:04AM
Huerta's been spoonfed. I think the UFC will definately go to Mexico within the next two years, and their popularity among Hispanics will grow tremendously. There are many great Hispanic fighters in MMA , not just boxing. With that said, I'm not a big fan of Roger Huerta.
loonytnt
9/27/07 11:32:03AM
most of my friends are hispanic so i dont see what this is all about, i think out of all the people i now 75% of them are hispanic that like mma
bezun
9/27/07 1:38:59PM
Ha, this proves the point I've been trying to make. Huerta has been given "easier" fights to so the UFC can bill him as their hispanic superstar. I would love to see him fight a top ten or even a top twenty lw to back up the hype but until then, he is just a marketing tool, imho.
grappler0000
9/27/07 6:26:56PM

Posted by bezun

Ha, this proves the point I've been trying to make. Huerta has been given "easier" fights to so the UFC can bill him as their hispanic superstar. I would love to see him fight a top ten or even a top twenty lw to back up the hype but until then, he is just a marketing tool, imho.



Well, it's only a matter of time, since he's supposed to fight Guida next.
loonytnt
9/28/07 12:48:13AM
yeah his next fight imo he loses
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