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Its not in a GOLDEN age. The MMA Golden age was its early days where Royce, Shamrock and Severn ruled the day and it was just breaking through. I'd say its "Silver Age" was when Ortiz was king in the UFC and Pride was on top of things, these days they are in a Bronze or "Modern Age" where MMA is really starting to break the mainstream and be profitable.
I think its a little early to call it a golden age. I think in about 10 years it very well could be looked back on as a golden age depending on how the future of the sport goes. When i think of a golden age i don't think of a bunch of cards i could watch its the quality of fighters that gets me.
IMHO golden ages of other sports i think of great teams (that dominated there sport) and huge fans bases following the those top teams a few that come to mind would be the 90's bulls, the Celtics of the sixties and early seventies, The montana 49ers, the steel curtain Pittburgh steelers, The Gretzky Oilers or lemeuix's Penguins (i will not reference the redwings in any hockey talk i hate them), , The Yankees (pick a decade outside of the eighties and you got some great teams) Teams that personified an era of the sport.
This era should not be discounted as having the potential to be a golden age we have 2 of arguably greatest P4P fighters of all time not to mention 2 more p4p monsters fighting in this era (fedor, a silva, GSP, Penn In my order). IMO it still needs to play out some more to see if it stands the test of time as an Golden Age.
But with all that said what a great time to be a fan of MMA. hands down the most viewable MMA quite possible ever lets hope it showcases MMA and doesn't lead to a diluted talent pool or boring fights i don't think that is the case for these cards but you never know.
I think if not, we're starting to see the beginnings of it.
I think the best is yet to come, but it's certainly a kick ass time to be an MMA junkie. That goes without question, IMHO.
i maybe alone saying this but i think ufc and mma as a whole are on a decline.
i think its peaked out to be honest. your casual fans have kinda lost attention in my opinion. orgs need to really build a huge fight the average guy can really get into. i think there has yet to be that kinda fight.
Definitely in the boom phase , but also definitely a lot of room for growth
in popularity and exposure . Will it ever be like football, baseball, or basketball?. Well, there are about 500 pro football games a season, so maybe in that way it can become like football , but it's not the sort of thing
we're going to be raising most of our kids doing . MMA moms will not be replacing soccer moms as the average mom . You won't see fight teams
compete with football and basketball teams for high school sports budget dollars. But given where it was 10 years ago, or 20 , when the UFC tapes I first saw surfaced , it has grown exponentially and isn't slowing down now.
The sport still has a purity to it , and we haven't seen the kind of spoiled primadonna BS behavior from super-rich atheletes like we do in the major sports, and we haven't seen the corruption that comes along with mega-money floating around , like we have in boxing , and we haven't seen the
staged , coreographed, scripted structure like there is in pro wrestling. Not that MMA could ever become like that; we have pro wrestling for that !.
But there's an honesty and sincerity to the fighters , and to a larger degree than in many other sports perhaps, to the people running things , who are
interested in more than the sport as just a business . Not to say that there is no corruption, but the judging is overall fair, and not to say that there are no spoiled brats, just that these things aren't as bad as in some other sports. So things are good now , great, and getting better .
If by Golden age you mean its peak then no I dont think so.
It seems to me that the trend of quality fighters emerging and quality events being put on is on the rise.
The sport is still booming and now people are seeing how much money can be made by being a fighter. I think more quality fighters will continue to pop up and that will result in more shows and more opportunity for competition.
Fighters will be paid even more and eventually I think it will reach the level that boxing is at.... maybe even higher than that.
I agree I think this is, not just in the quantity but look at the quality of fights and fighters. This is probably the start and this may last 5 years.
yeah, i don't think we've reached a golden age yet because there's still room for improvement. this is probably the best time to be an MMA fan, but it can still get better. if it starts to get shittier instead, then this is probably the golden age, but as it stands, we're only building.
Originally Posted by smoogy
I'm starting to believe it is. Look at the schedule of "major" events through the rest of the year:
Thats three weeks in the next three months where there isn't a worthwhile show on TV or PPV. Plus add in 3-4 good HDNet shows like MFC in December. Considering it was less than two years ago that we were lucky to get one good show a month, I'd say things are pretty groovy for the fans at the moment.
I think it's definitely building towards that. More quality shows are being put on, organizations are popping up, but I don't think it's quite to the golden age yet. As a whole, there's still more to grow into, and that's happening fairly quickly. Also the 'MMA fighter' itself is different than even five years ago. In general, they're more well rounded, more of a complete fighter, and I think that's a trend that's only going to increase and continue.
In all honesty, I think this is moving towards a HUGE 2009 year, one where we'll be able to look back on and say 'Man, it really exploded then'.