UFC exec very confident MMA will get into Olympics


The first ancient Olympic Games was held in 776 BC. It began with a single event, the Stade, a 200-yard foot race. This was the only event for the first 13 Games.

In the 18th Olympiad, in 708 BC, wrestling (pale) was added. In 648 BC mixed martial arts (Pankration) was added.

With various additions, the Olympics continued for over 1,000 years, until in 394 AD, when it was banned by the Roman emperor Theodosius I, as part of his campaign to impose Christianity in Rome.

Over 1,600 years later, UFC officials believe mixed martial arts will finally be returning to the Olympic fold.

UFC managing director Asia Pacific Mark Fischer told Reuters that an Olympic place might only be 20 years away thanks to the work of his organization in growing the sport, and the introduction of the fledgling International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

"Mixed martial arts, under the global leadership of UFC and us really inspiring and pushing the envelope, I think has a great chance to become an Olympic sport because it is participated now by countries literally all over the world," said Fischer.

"Because of the interest, because of the investment now the startups, gyms, promotions etc that are going into mixed martial arts, then we are very confident that we are going to have the weight behind this movement to be in the Olympics."

Hugely popular in the United States, Brazil, Japan and Canada, the UFC is looking to extend its reach throughout Asia and the IMMAF, founded in 2012, say they have 21 member federations on board with that number expected to reach 40 by next year.

Fischer, who previously worked with the NBA in growing their business in China, acknowledged, however, that Olympic inclusion was not on his immediate agenda as he bids to help MMA and the UFC in Asia.

"It is certainly a goal of our owners to do it one day. It is going to happen," Fischer said of the Olympic plans.

"Do we need it? No, we are going to survive and continue to grow. Would it help to put us on that next level of interest and really capture everybody's imagination and understanding? I think it would help tremendously. But we are talking about theoreticals."

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Pankration is seen depicted on this urn, with one fighter "tapping out" using the convention of the time - raising a finger. One plus? This time, they won't compete naked.

What do you think are the odds of MMA getting into the Olympics?


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time traveling 12er site profile image  

8/30/13 9:05 PM by time traveling 12er

You guys are crazy if you think there isn't much of a change from MMA since 1993. I really can't think of a logical way to come to that conclusion. I'd like to hear an argument on why you guys think this. Were you watching MMA in 1993? The change is massive, and probably a bigger change than almost any sport in existence right now. Don't let your Zuffa hate blind you to basic reality, the sport has grown.

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8/30/13 7:04 PM by GodSaveTheReem

It could never work in the Olympics, the one-night tournament format has gone the way of the dinosaurs.Take Hendricks and Carlos...the #2 and #3 WW on the planet and both of them can beat anyone on any given night. When they fought they had a war which left both of them banged up pretty bad. If it were a tournament/olympic format there is no way either of them would be able to continue regardless of who won the fight.

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8/30/13 7:01 PM by GodSaveTheReem

I think you are underrating how popular it is, right now I'd say MMA is very regional. When I tried watching a PPV in Rhode Island I had a hard time finding a bar that played them, when i did the bar was packed, but not many people even knew who the co-main event people were...most of New England is like that really. If a person were to go to the mid-west, carolinas, Las Vegas, and some parts of Cali and Florida it is completely different. Yes it is still not as popular as it could be, but it is light-years ahead of where it was 10 years ago when i had never heard of it.

Bozzy site profile image  

8/30/13 5:17 PM by Bozzy

Pretty sure UFC will keep all the elite fighters out of the games. So no, it will never be an olympic sport. UFC is the Olympics of MMA. Period.

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8/30/13 5:15 PM by in_different

I actually dont want to see it happened. It would only result in a watered down amateur MMA style rules. It will take away from the professional market. It will recieve backlash from places that werent inundated slowly. And the Olympics are horribly corrupt, the last thing I want is an association between MMA and the olympics.Bring back wrestling in

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

8/30/13 5:08 PM by ChaosOverkill

It would have to be team based like the IFL but a fighter is chosen for each round (Start with a round robin) and then other's fight in each elimination round.   Each fighter takes care of one fight each and the teams that win keep going, no fighter fights more than once.   Make it a team representing a country winning the medal not individual fighters.

ssj site profile image  

8/30/13 4:56 PM by ssj

people overrate how popular mma is.

The Loge site profile image  

8/30/13 3:50 PM by The Loge

I would agree that MMA is a fairly small circle but you're crazy to think that only a few more people know what MMA is now then they did in 1993. That's preposterous.

ssj site profile image  

8/30/13 3:08 PM by ssj

nopelike other people said, other combat sports have a greater chance and those are near zero also

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8/30/13 1:52 PM by KingofBJJ

Not really.  Not many more people know what MMA is than they did 20 years ago when the UFC came into existence.  Granted more people have heard the name UFC, but they have no distinction between it  being a sport or a promotion. I know that is hard for nearly everyone on here to believe, but the reality is that MMA is a small circle.  Now maybe if a UFC star manages to be a good actor he can go the way of Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal.  Most people didn't really knew anything about Kickboxing until Chuck Norris and certainly Seagal's Akido was even more alien.  Of course there is also Van Damme!