BY JENNIFER LEHR
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COMr
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights have become more mainstream over the past nine years, and while fans are more interested than ever, they are also clamoring for a type of fight that has always played second fiddle in boxing and wrestling: a match between two women. The multidisciplinary combat sport known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a relative newcomer on the American sporting scene. Boxing and wrestling, two of the individual sports that form the foundation of MMA, have rich histories in the U.S., but MMA has only been popular in the country for the last 20 years. Popularity has increased even more in the last nine years, in large part due to the success of cable reality programs like “The Ultimate Fighter” (known as TUF, for short) coupled with consistent pay-per-view sales. The average number of PPV “buys” per event between 2008 and 2012 was 526,470. That average jumps to 605,114 when the main event is a title bout.