Dana White & Soccer: Could MMA Overtake It?

Recently Dana White quipped,

“I’m not a big hockey fan. But I respect how talented you have to be to play hockey. Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big?”

I’m not a soccer fan either, but then again, I’m not a fan of any major mainstream sport; baseball, basketball, hockey, or whatever else is popular these days. I find them boring and in some cases, pretentious to watch. Soccer and hockey in particular are painful to watch because I see people literally pour their entire lives into one match and when their favoured team loses, they go on a rampage and act as though their entire world has come to a fiery, destructive end. It’s sad, really.

Do I think MMA could rival soccer in popularity one day? Yes. I do.

Why? Because fighting is a global thing. The martial arts transcend national borders and many nations have their own proprietary fighting system, e.g. Thailand & muay thai, Korea & hapkido, America & freestyle wrestling, Japan & <take your pick>, etc… Everyone in the world can relate to fighting.

It probably won’t happen in my lifetime because MMA is still working on being accepted at a national level here in North America and the UFC has only recently expanded into Asia and is still working on Europe at large. But I do think it’s possible; one day.


2 thoughts on “Dana White & Soccer: Could MMA Overtake It?

  1. jumpingpolarbear

    I am a big fan of both, and I disagree with Dana that they are not talented. Would like to see NFL and UFC fighters running non stop for 90 minutes. Love MMA though, and Dana seems like a cool guy.


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