“MMA Is Desperately Missing This”- UFC Analyst Says WWE and AEW Are Stealing the Show

Published 09/07/2021, 1:03 PM EDT


All wrestling fans were in for a treat when recently Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole arrived at AEW (All Elite Wrestling). Danielson and Cole made their AEW debuts at the conclusion of Sunday’s All Out pay-per-view event. A lot of superstars are making a move to All Elite Wrestling such as CM Punk, Big Show, and Chris Jericho. However, these magical moments don’t often take place in the UFC.

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According to Canadian reporter journalist and reporter Ariel Helwani, “MMA is desperately missing this kinda buzz and passion. There’s one top org and the rest feel like a distant second/third/fourth, with no loyal following. Obvi, the same characters can’t appear week in and week out in MMA but a shot in the arm would be nice.”

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AEW and WWE function differently from the UFC

There is no doubt that companies such as All Elite Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) feature purely scripted fights designed solely for the entertainment of viewers. AEW and WWE are pre-scripted wrestling shows that do not feature any real fighting. It is based on entertaining stories, staged fights, and pay-per-views. Most pro wrestling shows are purely show business.

The UFC is a strictly MMA-based promotion that introduces professional combat to a broad audience. The reality base of MMA is what distinguishes it from these wrestling programs. All fights in the UFC are 100 percent real. The essence of the UFC is the unpredictability and its violence.

Compared to AEW and WWE, the process by which new fighters are introduced and recruited into the UFC is also very different compared to pro wrestling. Fighters have to fight their way to the top, through divisions, and through rosters. whereas for AEW and WWE, ‘selling’ is a major skill as compared to fighting.

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Hence, we don’t keep seeing fresh names coming up very often in the UFC compared to the pro wrestling shows. The two are very different, with one focused primarily on money and entertainment and the other solely on fighting and MMA ability.

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However, the UFC is one of the few well-known and popular MMA events, outperforming all others. Other than the UFC, there is no other MMA show with a strong following and prominence. Unlike in pro wrestling, where there is AEW as well as WWE with a large following.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this newfound new aspect to help him get closer to the action. As he believes that there is something beautiful in the art of MMA, despite all the violence and chaos, Pranit, in his articles, hopes to capture the essence of the cognitive process behind the fighting, the fighters' mental discipline, and personality which stems from their roots and background.

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