TeamMMA4Life: How MMA Is Becoming A Team Sport

By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

Long ago, or at least feels like a different time, I played team sports: baseball, soccer, and basketball. As a participant, it was easy to find myself knowledgeable and interested in the athletes who competed at the professional ranks, but I was never labeled a sports fanatic.

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In fact, I was probably the worst fan of team sports known to mankind. I wasn’t a homer. If I had a favorite player, I didn’t refrain my endorsement of that player, regardless of the team. I’ve been known to be visible around town sporting a Carmello Anthony jersey from when he played for the Denver Nuggets. Call me a cheapskate or tell me to get with the times; my out-of-date attire connects with my desire to witness individual accomplishment. Anecdotally, it seems to me that the star trumps the team, so I figured I’d make the elite of the elite my focus. My realization was: There is an “I” in team, and mixed martial arts entertains the perfect format for such a perception.

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MMA, intriguing since its inception, was a sport that wasn’t easy to represent on your sleeve, chest, or head. MMA was a Modern Marvel of Amazement as it began to take flight, but it was hard to share my fixation with others because of the sport’s new car smell and obscurity.

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Thankfully, times have changed, and MMA has shifted gears and has the necessary traction to obtain legitimacy as a sport and continues to creep into mainstream. Mixed martial artists are becoming household names by making appearances in movies, commercials, or even the evening news. Apparel is a click away online or hanging in some of our favorite department stores. It’s clear; MMA is here; The athletes show no fear, which makes it easy to cheer.

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Social media has not only saturated me with information about MMA, at times to an overwhelming degree, but it has also transitioned a game of individualism to a team-like atmosphere for those who stand on the cage’s outskirts. Each day, there is a collective of people whom, simply put, love MMA.

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This team has rallied around fighters, events, foundations, and any niche they could carve out to heighten awareness about a sport that, day by day, continues to grow exponentially. I suppose things in life do occur cyclically, and it’s fascinating to note the camaraderie and cohesion I once felt on the field come flooding back with any discussion I immerse myself in about MMA with any one of my new teammates.

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High-fives and pizza parties aside, this is a team I can travel with for life because they are known as TeamMMA4Life. If you find yourself surfing the digital highway, are interested in MMA, double-click on Twitter and join the team.

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To join #TeamMMA4Life, contact @TeamMMA4Life

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