Top MMA Stories of 2010
The year 2010 was able to present best and worst fights in the history of MMA. But no matter where the story is categorized, most of what happened last year was very sensational. So sensational that Fighting Insider listed them.
People here at Fighting Insider is still reminiscing the year that was MMA in 2010. For the last six months, we were able to encounter many title defense, small names that made a big part in the MMA history, and more controversial stories. That is why Fighting Insider is rounding up five of the best MMA stories last year.
1. UFC Sells Nine Million PPVs
Last year, 15 UFC pay-per-view events sold more than nine million PPVs. What’s more interesting is that this big news happened in a year when UFC sold three PPVs that is under 300,000 — the promotion’s current floor level. Although what lies ahead for them this year is difficult to predict, UFC can rest assure that they are facing zero competition in the horizon.
2. UFC – WEC Merger
This top MMA story is definitely receiving a rightful universal acclaim. As UFC absorbed WEC, two weight divisions — Featherweight and Bantamweight — were added, and more fighters are now under the UFC banner. This merger only proves that UFC is a big home, and the former WEC fighters are acquiring bigger career opportunities. Still, some fans might fear that these new fighters will be treated as unwanted adopted children of the promotion. Well, let the fans see everything for themselves
3. Strikeforce Nashville
An event that should have been a good night for Strikeforce turns out to the worse. With two hours of airtime in CBS, Strikeforce was unable to convince Fedor Emelianenko to fight against Dan Henderson. Hence, Jake Shields was tapped. In addition to this, the promotion was able to booked the Muhammed Lawal vs Gegard Mousassi and the Gilbert Melendez vs Shinya Aoki fights. But to make the long story short, there were three bad fights in the CBS card that ran 45 minutes over their alloted airtime. Definitely, not appealing for 45 million television viewers.
4. Heavyweight Fighters that Don’t Actually Fight in Strikeforce
Strikeforce’s heavyweight division boasts notable names like Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, Andrei Arlovski, and Alistair Overeem. Still, Scott Coker is sometimes having a hard time coercing and convincing the fighters to step inside the cage. If that will be the case, Strikeforce’s game plans will always go awry, no matter how many heavyweight fighters they signed.
5. Fedor Emelianenko Losses
Over nine years after Fedor Emelianenko lost the first fight of his career, he was defeated again. But that doesn’t mean that his achievements should become less important. It is unlikely to see a man with twenty-eight fights and more than nine yeas of winning streak in the history of MMA. Only Fedor Emelianenko can do it. His future might be irrelevant, but what he did in the past is imperative.