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MMA Will Never be an Olympic Sport

I can hear it now “the gold medal in mixed doubles MMA goes to the United States team of Gina Carano and Randy Couture“.

Well, that is just as likely to happen as MMA getting into the Olympics in the first place.

I am a huge fan of MMA but that does not make me delusional about the chances of mainstream MMA being truly legitimized and becoming an Olympic sport. I would like to see it just as much as anyone else but it isn’t happening.

Image of the Olympic Rings

Not now, not in 10 years, never.

Let’s put the acceptance of MMA in perspective. MMA isn’t even fully sanctioned across one of the more liberal free market countries in the world – Canada. This is the same country that said yes to legalizing marijuana and was one of the first countries to support gay marriages. This is an early adopter country but when it comes to MMA they remain on the sidelines (say it with me “we’re high, we’re gay, but MMA no way!”).

Many of the elements of MMA are already represented at the Olympics and the easiest comparison that the optimists would use in support of the theory that MMA will one day make an appearance is boxing. Yes, boxing is an Olympic sport and has been a mainstay since 1920 but look at what they have done to the sport of boxing as we know it in our pay-per-view lives. Start with the protective equipment they wear that includes bulky headgear and a baggy tank top would normally be the shirt reserved for a Sunday afternoon beer on the front porch. The real kicker is the scoring system that decides the victor. It counts punches. Yes, every little jab that the majority of the judges agreed was a punch that landed gets you a click on the wheel and closer to a gold medal. Come to think of it, they could just have the boxers play a round robin tournament of Wii boxing with the winner taking gold – same idea.

If MMA was to make its Olympic debut you could anticipate it wouldn’t look like the MMA you know and love – be it UFC, Affliction, EliteXC or other. Fedor would enter the ring wearing an inflated air bag around his head for protection, heavily padded boxing gloves and Uggs on his feet for a softer kick.

The point system would follow these guidelines:

  • Superman punch – 2 points
  • Knee to head – loss of 2 points (You think they are going to allow a knee to the head in the Olympics?)
  • Arm bar escape – 1 point
  • Rear naked choke – disqualification

I can remember when bodybuilding was rumored to be an upcoming Olympic sport. That may be the one sport that is further from Olympic acceptance than MMA.

My advice to MMA athletes looking for an Olympic medal opportunity, take up rhythmic gymnastics. There is a mat and you throw things around so there are some similarities. I can picture Tim Sylvia now…

12 COMMENTS
  • OMG ppl the expendables will be awsum

  • britt borden says:

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  • mma online says:

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  • Andree Dennies says:

    Thank you for your help!

  • P says:

    you talk out your ass dude… how old are you 12 or something?

  • Jack Sprat says:

    Fedor wears Uggs when he fights in Sambo??

    *Goes and watches some Sambo Youtube videos again looking closely at footwear*

  • _7 says:

    “Fedor would enter the ring wearing an inflated air bag around his head for protection, heavily padded boxing gloves and Uggs on his feet for a softer kick.”

    That’s exactly how he fights in SAMBO championships. And the IOC is considering bringing back pankration, some say that it has a big chance of being accepted for the 2012 Olympics.

  • Patrick says:

    I love mma, hands down, I think it is one of the most, if not the most competitive sports around today. That being said, I agree that the fact that it is so hard to get sanctioned will probably be the deciding factor. People in todays society believe that Jack Bauer shooting 20 people on any given episode of 24 is WAY less violent than mixed martial arts where the worst that can happen is basically a knockout. Not only that is mma fighters cannot compete as regularly as other sports, if they get a huge cut in one fight, they can’t compete a week later, as that is needed in the olympics. The closest you could get to worldwide competition to se ewho was the best was the origional tournament style of the UFC

  • JF says:

    A well organised world wide amature game is the first step. BJJ is way ahead at this point.

  • Ron says:

    haha at the rules.

    I honestly bet you one day it will be in the games, but just with lots of protection and rules for knock downs etc.

  • nic says:

    Subission wrestling or even sport BJJ would have a much better chance. They already attract competitors from multiple countries around the world and they wouldn’t have to change a whole lot about the rules or scoring system to make it safe for TV audiences. I think even pancrase could have a shot at making it, considering it is named for the original olympic fighting event and has all the elements that make MMA great minus blows to the head.

    I do, however, agree that full contact MMA will never, and should never, be included in the olympics. It would be great if there were events besides wrestling and judo MMA amateurs could compete in at the Olympic level.

  • Elliott says:

    Actually I think a better option would be to have submission wrestling as an Olympic sport.

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