Devil Dish

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Is mixed martial arts a sport?

ESPN would say yes, as it includes MMA in its “All Sports” section of its Web site.

I didn’t really agree with them.

Should watching people fight really be considered a sporting event?
I recently dug up the initiative to go and see what MMA really consists of.

I went to several MMA gyms in Tempe, Mesa and Glendale.

What did I learn?

MMA takes discipline, hard work and dedication.

The athletes — yes, I called them athletes — get just as sweaty and tired as all other athletes. They work just as hard, if not harder.

In MMA, you never know what is going to happen. The athlete has to constantly be on guard, prepared for anything and everything.

It’s a constant change. It gives us the opportunity to see an individual develop in his career, which is something that we don’t always see in other sports.

I’ve been taken to the other side, and to answer my own question, MMA is a sport.

Need more persuasion? Watch a fight, or talk to someone you know who does it.

It’s quickly growing in popularity, and if you don’t know someone who is into it, you soon will.