How far has MMA come in the eyes of the mainstream media? The recent Strikeforce Challengers event from this weekend actually made ESPN Sportscenter’s “Plays of the Week”. And it wasn’t even a men’s fight that was featured. It was the “Power Bomb” that Sarah Kaufman gave to Roxanne Modafferi, and it came in at #4.
Anchor Stuart Scott then said he wants to see Kaufman fight “Christy Cyborg”, at least that’s what it sounded like to me. OK, not her name and also not the same weight class, but props for knowing the baddest female MMA fighter on the globe. And for putting women’s MMA on your plays of the week.
According to MMA Junkie, the Kaufman vs. Modafferi fight received the most viewers of any bout on the card. At one point their fight had 254,000 viewers. The main event of Lolohea Mahe vs. Shane Del Rosario landed just over 225k viewers.
It’s not earth-shaking to MMA or where it’s going, but it’s pretty cool and somewhat significant that the Kaufman/Modafferi bout landed on the ESPN highlights and also was the most-watched fight of the night. I think women’s MMA is awesome, and often times more entertaining than the men. I’m surprised that Dana White hasn’t yet started a women’s division, if only to bite out of Scott Coker and Strikeforce’s apple.
h/t: Bloody ElbowTweet
Leave a Reply
Sign up for the SportsUntapped newsletter and receive free picks and news of the NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC and much more.
- August 1st, 2016
UFC having problems with alleged drug cheats
- July 19th, 2016
UFC bought for sports franchise record $4 Billion
- October 3rd, 2012
Invicta FC Looks to “Knock Out Domestic Violence”
- October 1st, 2012
UFC on Fuel TV 5 Video Highlights
- September 26th, 2012
Arlovski vs. Cole Headlines First World Series of Fighting
- September 24th, 2012
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy Canceled
- September 19th, 2012
Fighters Break Down UFC 152
- September 13th, 2012
UFC 152 Fighters Hold Court
- September 1st, 2012
UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” Premieres September 16
- August 20th, 2012
Ronda Rousey Defends Title, Calls Out “Cyroid”