To the casual observer of MMA, the organization most prominent in people’s perception is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, but in reality, there are many, many others littering the globe.
Not only do those with a limited amount of knowledge about the sport primarily connect it to the UFC, but they often confuse MMA itself with the UFC, which is similar to saying all football played around the world is NFL.
Since MMA has become a global commodity, numerous other countries have developed organizations that boast high-level talent. Of course, many of these mixed martial artists wish to compete in the UFC because the promotion’s brand carries such an incredible weight; however, until they can make the desired transition, it’s possible in one of the other leagues to build a loyal following and add value to their individual brand.
From the professional to the amateur ranks, it’s plausible that a fight organization is in, or traveling through, your hometown.
Compiling a list of all the promotions would be rather extensive, but several of the major players in the game include: One Championship, Bellator MMA, Professional Fighters League (PFL), Invicta Fighting Championships, Cage Warriors, KSW, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), and on and on.
Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.