Ive always thought that one big league would be better in any combat sport like mma or boxing. Think about it. We have the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, and all other major sports leagues, but why is there 10 or so major boxing federations, and however many MMA cagefighting organizations? One big league in boxing and mma would make them much more organized.[/quote]
The NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA are all American sports leagues. They don’t run an international league with games around the planet. That is fine because those sports have a long tradition in North America, and can be said to be North American sports. Also leagues in other countries adopted the sports and do not do them at the level that exists in the states.
MMA isn’t distinctly American.
It also doesn’t have a longer history in the states than other countries. Also America doesn’t do mma at a higher level than any other country.
In Japan the word sougou-kakutougi has existed for a very long time. It would be translated today as MMA. Kakatougi means combat sports and would be placed under the Bujutsu(martial arts) category which has a long tradition.
There are alot of Japanese people who feel that Pride, Shooto represent Sougoukakutougi in Japan, and they can be considered to be a part of culture here. Dana White doesn’t understand this when he says that anything that doesn’t use unified rules is not mma. I think the Fertitta brothers understand the dynamics at work in Japan.
I personally don’t believe in unified rules. The unified rules and UFC rules have been decided by some state athletic commisions. Those ACs shouldn’t be able to decide the path of combat sports in Japan. Many of the people involved in those decisions have no experience with mma. Their arguments for and against certain rules where arbitrary, backed with no hard evidence.
I don’t see how one big league makes anything more organized.
Shooto is run very very well. One big leaugue makes match-ups possible. Being under the same umbrella does the same thing without taking away the distinct flavor of mma in each country. I think Pride has the superior rule set. They do not have the best judging system. The UFC’s system doesn’t seem optimal either. I think they can learn from each other.