Is MMA the Missing Piece of the WWE Network?

Jeff D GormanSenior Writer IJuly 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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MMA fans, if you could watch your favorite sport on the WWE Network, would you?

Come on, admit it…you would, wouldn’t you?

Even if they only tuned in once a week and ignored hundreds of hours of pro wrestling action, MMA fans would tune into the WWE Network if there was a weekly MMA show.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an announcer of both pro wrestling and MMA, it’s that both sets of fans can’t get enough of their favorite pastime.

When I announced “Moosin: God of Martial Arts,” fans plunked down the money for our pay-per-view, but they were still following the Strikeforce show that was happening on Showtime.

When UFC boss Dana White talks about a future with three UFC shows around the world on the same day, he’s exactly right.

Not only will he draw three strong crowds, but America’s die-hard MMA fans will watch all three shows.

Those devoted fans are right there for the taking for the WWE Network.

Instead of just attracting the pro wrestling crazies who will never turn the channel away from WWE Network, Vince McMahon’s channel would pick up a different group of young, predominantly male viewers that he wouldn’t get otherwise.

If you think the MMA fans are devoted, what about the fighters?

If WWE were to open its own MMA gym with an 800-seat arena for TV, fighters would move from all over the world to Connecticut to train there in the hopes of making it big as a fighter on the WWE Network.

Finally, there should be no qualms about the ownership of WWE MMA (and there’s the name) influencing the outcome of the fights.

MMA fans know that Dana White doesn’t control the referees and judges in UFC fights, and he has been openly critical of their decisions.

Look at how the Fuel network has increased its viewership by showing so much MMA programming.

MMA on the WWE Network makes perfect sense.

(Jeff Gorman is the only announcer to work for one of the Big 3 pro wrestling companies and to call a live, global MMA pay-per-view. You can enjoy his work here and send him an e-mail at