The Ultimate Fighting Championship is, in the eyes of younger audiences who didn't grow up on boxing, the next big thing in combat sports. UFC has, to the company's credit, done well to expand itself to a global audience, utilizing a combination of pay-per-view events and, in later years, free television shows in attempts to appeal to casual sports fans who may have in the past seen mixed-martial-arts as being too barbaric for their tastes. What was once a form of entertainment that could not get PPV rights in certain markets is now shown in sports pubs around the world at least one weekend per month.
While the UFC has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past two decades, the perceived death of the sport that is referred to as the “sweet science” has been greatly exaggerated. Fans living in the United States, as an example, can find live boxing on multiple free cable television stations throughout the calendar year. Over-the-air NBC is even bringing boxing back to its weekend prime-time schedule, taking viewers back to a time when “the fights” were as much a part of your Saturday evening as is enjoying a casual dinner and/or meeting up with friends at a bar to celebrate the fact that you do not have to work the next day.
UFC, to the company's credit, does tremendous business every year, but 2015 is on the verge of once again proving that is it boxing that is the world's top pay-per-view draw until further notice. It will take a special UFC card, one with at least two significant main events, to even come close to matching the boxing pay-per-view that is going to occur this coming May. That fight could do as much as three times the business that the highest-selling UFC card of all time pulled off back in the day.
10 It Has More History
9 It's More Widely Available
8 No Gimmicks Needed 1.0
7 No Gimmicks Needed 2.0
6 Length of Fights
4 Boxing IQ
3 Top Strikers
2 No “Lay and Pray”
1 The “Big Fight”
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is going to be the pay-per-view view combat sports event of its generation, one that cannot possibly be outdone by anything that the UFC, World Wrestling Entertainment or any other organization could put together. Think of the possible big-time match-ups that the UFC could theoretically create. Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez and Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg, the second likely being more of a fairytale dream than a battle we will actually ever witness inside of the cage, would both be fun to behold, but none would come close to matching the spectacle that would be Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and any potential rematch involving those two.
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