It is not hard to deny that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the king of MMA (at least right now). The shows are enormous and most of the time you get a great fight card. MMA, however, is a growing sport (as well as related disciplines such as kickboxing) and for the sake of us fans there needs to be alternatives. Luckily, we have several that can provide good fights, good drama, and devastating submissions, and knockouts. Check out the following list and if you haven’t give them a try!
Glory- Boasting such esteemed fighter as Remy Bojanski, Tyrone Spong, Mikro “Cro Cop”, and several up and comers. Check them out for great kickboxing matches.
K1– K1 is one of the oldest organizations alive in the kickboxing world. Their world Grand Prix tournament is one of the most highly anticipated events in the martial arts world. Past champions include Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. Boasting a mix of striking arts such as bare knuckle karate, Chinese San Shou, Tae Kwon Do, Savate, and Western Boxing. Give them a look!
Bellator– Known for being the number 2 MMA promotion in America, Bellator still hold tournaments to determine the best in each weight class. Current fighter include Rampage Jackson, King Mo, Eddie Alvarez, and Pat Curran. With broadcasts on Spike TV Bellator creates excitement with their tourney format. While not on the level of UFC( yet) they are an entertaining part of the MMA landscape.
World Series of Fighting– THe WSOF is the new kid on the block and they are broadcasted on NBC! They offer interesting fights on free TV and have fighters such as Andre Arlovski, Rolles Gracie, Anthony Johnson, Tyrone Spong, and Rousimar Palhares. They are creating an exciting buzz in the MMA world and seek to dethrone Bellator as the number 2 MMA promotion in the US.
If you are new to MMA or just seeking alternative to the big boy, check these organizations out and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned combat sports!!
Stay tuned for part 2 of UFC alternatives…