Originally Posted by codeman99998
I don't know guys, I mean, 5 years ago would anyone have thought it was likely to have a free cable TV UFC show that garnered 4.7 million viewers?
Obviously MMA isn't ecclipsing boxing any time soon, but it certainly is growing and growing fast.
It's certainly a very healthy business, but consider that it was a title fight on a basic cable channel. Ask yourself what would have happened if Oscar vs Mayweather were shown on regular TV.
UFC is doing very, very well, and it might actually be healthier than boxing, but it's impossible to compare this kind of event to anything that boxing has done because ESPN2 doesn't exactly show marquee fights. They also don't promote them.