ESPN: Worldwide Leader in Lack Of MMA Knowledge

Matt MelbyeCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

Everyone knows that the world of mixed martial arts is growing exponentially. This is a great thing. This sport is the most pure form of competition known to man. It deserves the spotlight and attention.

In a way, it is great to see ESPN and other news leaders cover the sport.

All I ask is that you have done your homework and know what you are talking about.

If you were to ask an ESPN follower, who is the best fighter in mixed martial arts? Chances are they would say one of the following:

Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Kimbo Slice

The casual sports fan that watches ESPN, sees shows like Pardon the Interruption cover guys like Kimbo Slice and think he must be a top fighter. KIMBO SLICE...someone that I would barely consider to be a mixed martial artist.

Or they see Brock Lesnar shoot to the top of the game after just joining the UFC. E:60 did a show called next, basically covering up and coming athletes from all sports.

Brock Lesnar was the big story. A guy that is 3-1 in his professional career is chosen over guys like Lyota Machida, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, Miguel Torres, and others because he was in the WWE or whatever it is called now.

So how good does that look when a WWE guy steps right into the UFC and takes the belt? To make matters worse, the ESPN reporter asked Lesnar about steroids and he just walked out.

Where is the coverage and publicity of guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Minotauro Nogueira, or Lyota Machida? These are the men that I would want representing my sport. Yeah, maybe they are not American, but they are stand up-guys and great models of the sport. If you need an American, how about Dan Henderson or Rashad Evans.

But Kimbo Slice? C'mon!

The ESPY'S are coming up. Anderson Silva and Lyota Machida are nominees for best fighter.

Great choices. They both deserve it.


How can he not be a nominee? ESPN probably has no clue who Fedor is. I wouldn't be surprised if they think the UFC is like the major leagues and MMA stands for a minor league. They took the best fighters from the UFC and probably didn't even think twice to look into other organizations.

All I ask from these reporters is to do some research. I love that you are covering the sport, but sometimes it just looks bad. An MMA show would be perfect for ESPN. Get some real experts to talk MMA and let people see what this sport is really about. They show the spelling bee, for crying out loud, what would it hurt to have a show dedicated to mixed martial arts?