Friday 5ive: Five Things King of the Cage Did Perfectly in the Mid 2000’s

KOTCLogoBy: Albert Cameron – It’s no secret that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the Mid 2000’s was predominantly a West Coast fixture; those of us on the East had to rely on tape trading, the burgeoning internet video stream, and the occasional fight on Fox (and we’re talking Skinemax softcore porn hours). Right around 2005, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) knocked one out of the park with their reality series “The Ultimate Fighter.” In fact, had it not been for The Ultimate Fighter and the battle between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, there may not be a Cage Nation TV for me to write for. From 1993 to about 2005, we can just consider those the MMA dark ages. Continue reading “Friday 5ive: Five Things King of the Cage Did Perfectly in the Mid 2000’s”

Friday Five: 5 Promotions that Ushered MMA Through its Darkest Days

Cage Nation Patch MMABy: Albert Cameron – There is an ugly truth about MMA that is extremely important that we can’t forget: it wasn’t always “seasons of the Ultimate Fighter,” “UFC on Fox,” and “Bellator every Friday night.” There was a time in our sport’s history when it carried a very heavy stigma of being brutal, brainless, and was the victim of many legislative witch hunts. Presidential hopeful John McCain (Senator, Arizona) took up the cause of having the very infant sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) completely eradicated. This week’s Friday Five is dedicated to five promotions that kept MMA strong through those witch hunts and help shape MMA into the sport that we’ve all come to love. Continue reading “Friday Five: 5 Promotions that Ushered MMA Through its Darkest Days”