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Which Major Sports Are Gaining or Losing Popularity and Why?

Sports have played a role in cultures around the world for several hundreds of years just as music or food. Which sports are the most popular varies depending on how many viewers either watch the sport live or on TV? Recently interest in sports has begun to shift mirroring the changing tastes in culture and society. Experts hypothesize this is because of several reasons from economic shifts to a growth in millennial consumerism. We have highlighted which major sports are gaining or losing popularity and why in this article.

On the Decline: Golfing
Gold had originally seen a rise a drastic rise in popularity from the past twenty years with figures such as Tiger Woods. Unfortunately, experts suggest that this popularity was largely due to the social drama that was associated with some of the top golf figures. Now that they have “lived out” their fame, so to speak, the sport is dropping again in popularity and is predicted to lose viewers by up to 25% for the year 2018. Golf has found a way to remain on the sports map even during some of its darkest times, so sports enthusiasts agree that it will find a way to come back again.

The NBA vs NFL: Declining or Rising?
There is a very interesting argument occurring by sports experts and professionals as to who is rising in popularity, the NBA or the NFL. NFL experts will tell you that statistically, the sport is on a record high especially with the anticipation of this year’s Super Bowl 2018. Television statistics show a different story and actually argue against this as viewer participation in games has gone down over the past 5 years slowly by nearly 32%. This year’s Super Bowl 2018 participation was not nearly as high as expected.

NBA experts will confirm the fall in NFL popularity is due to a rise in NBA viewer participation. Statistics show that the NBA has become more popular over the past two years increasing by almost 30% in both TV and live viewership. This could be because up-and-coming players that are stepping into the place of the Michael Jordan figures which the NBA has been lacking for quite some time.

MMA and Boxing
Fighters such as Ronda Rousey are helping the MMA world rise to a popularity level it hasn’t experienced in quite some time. More viewers are paying the extra premiums with their cable companies to watch the matches and are showing more interested in other smaller matches. Some experts contest that this is because several of the MMA fighters on top have also had careers in the Olympics, WWE, and even television (such as Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy). As these figures rise in popularity in other realms, that automatically translates into the MMA and boxing world.

Over the past two years, NASCAR had risen so much in popularity that it almost doubled its fan base. Recently, since fan-favorite names such as Stewart or Gordon are no longer in the public view, the sport is decreasing and predicted to continue falling. NASCAR has long since had a reputation for catering to a specific audience inside the USA. However, experts predict that the sport may see a more successful rise on an international basis in countries such as Europe and Japan.

Conclusion: Sports have a way of cycling through in terms of popularity and trading off with one another. So, if your favorite sport is on the rise, enjoy it while it lasts. If it is on the decline, give it a couple of years and see what those years may bring.

Why has the UFC gone down in popularity in recent years?

WWE, TNA and other wrestling entertainment promotions are for kids. UFC is the real deal to the die hard MMA fans like us. Ultimate Championship wrestling has been operating in the business since early 90’s. The octagon provided extreme adrenaline rush for fighters and spectators. Bulky as well as lanky men set foot on the ring without tops. Most of them didn’t need the luxury of shoes. Music and video games inspired by the UFC theme enjoyed huge popularity.

Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell were amongst the ambassadors of this MMA promotion:

UFC is still the largest and most celebrated MMA brand in the world. Even till 2016, one of its banner years, they didn’t need to worry about ratings. It was by this time Lorenzo Fertitta jumped ship by selling UFC to WME-IMG for $4billion, the largest sports acquisition at that time. The acquisition heavily favored Fertitta, but did it go well with the fighters and the world’s biggest MMA brand? Unfortunately popularity of this brand is on the decline. In this post we discuss why has the UFC gone down in popularity in recent years?

Too many titles and events:


This has been the regular complaint for several years now. UFC keeps creating interim titles which don’t hold much gravitas. Ticket sales haven’t taken a hit for these events. However fans don’t feel these events as anything special. The die hard fans are leaving their favorite MMA brand. The flagship events have lost the value they once had.

Tough match-ups that don’t reward the fighters

Though there are too many title events happening in the UFC, they don’t make mush sense. A lot of good fighters do not fight for the top titles. When fighters fight the best in the world and don’t smell a chance of getting near their desired something, something is wrong with modus operandi of WME-IMG. The heavy sum they company paid to buy UFC is possibly making them more desperate.

The Floyd Mayweather factor
It was thought the Mayweather – McGregor fight would bring more attention to MMA fighting. It will open up the sport to whole new demographic. Though the opinions are true, the Mayweather – Gregor fight is not solely a UFC promotion. Mayweather’s partner Showtime Sports holds most part of this event venture, thereby taking lion’s share in the revenues. This dents the very strategy of UFC’s new owners too, who is trying to make money by compromising on inherent quality of the MMA brand.

Champs are not defending titles

Champs including Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Amanda Nunes are not defending their titles anymore. UFC is overcompensating by creating interim titles that gives legit headliners for events. Till now, that practice hasn’t translated well with audiences. The expected comebacks of Nick Diaz or Anderson Silva is still uncertain too. UFC is in scarce of big names or titles to promote their events.

WME-IMG cashing in on UFC setup, more of a sell out.

One of the talking points is Luke Rockhold’s sentiments of lack of main title matches. He pointed out the Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre match-up for middleweight title in particular. He feels if Bisping ever agrees to fight, he is potentially holding up on the title for up to two years. WME-IMG desperately wants to get bang for their buck on UFC investment. In the process they are denting the careers of fighters who worked hard all their way up.

Too much attention for their top stars

When it comes to their star athletes, UFC seldom do healthy rounded promotions. In 2015-16, their lucrative period, there rode on dominant runs of McGregor and Rousey. Once Rouse started losing title fights since UFC 193, it didn’t go well for UFC. Now it looks like curtains for Rousey’s career. McGregor doesn’t seem to come out of Mayweather fights which earns several millions for him.

Unreasonable treatment of athletes

Lorenzo Fertitta believed UFC transferred to the right hands. He said WME-IMG “share the same vision and passion for this organization and its athletes.” It is somewhat true considering the previous owners too followed ruthless business practices. Injuries have haunted the MMA brand historically. The pay for athletes isn’t great either. It explains why the fighters have left for the rival, Bellator MMA in recent times. WME-IMG’s approach of generating revenue on their $4 billion acquisition doesn’t include proper treatment of UFC MMA fighters.

Most exciting robotics features that have helped the health industry in 2017

Technology has literally transformed the health industry. On the other hand, has it not? The year 2016 was an outstanding year for the health sector regarding technology. Moreover, it will not stop in 2017. Although there are concerns on robots replacing people in the workforce, the benefits are many. Just imagine the effectiveness of a machine that does not need food or sleep, not biased as we humans often are. With proper forethought and preparation, the health sector can ensure that the human touch stays relevant in medicine while taking advantage of the robotics. Here are some of the exciting features that have helped the health industry this year

Surgical accuracy

At best, surgery is an unpleasant experience. Patients have to wait for long depending on the resources and workforce available. However, DaVinci helps eliminate this problem. The technology has been used in various areas of urologic surgery to head and neck. You should note that the surgeon is in full control of the system all the time; however, the machine has bigger flexibility and reach, a smaller incision made with the greater incision. Therefore, the robots are enough to reach the areas with the problem.

Robotics are putting the “care” back in healthcare

When in a hospital, patients interact with nurses the most. The nurses check the vital signs, take care of your hygiene, check on your condition, and draw blood. The nurses are mostly overwhelmed by mentally and physically daunting tasks, and because of this, it is always an unpleasant experience for those involved. Robotic nurses help carry this burden. The nurses have been designed to perform the repetitive task, which gives the staff more energy to deal with areas that need human decision-making empathy and skills. Some robots can even take your blood sample.

Robotic help for a better life

Having robotics in healthcare 2017 is more than just drawing blood. Using a remote-controlled robot like those developed by Anybots Inc caretaker can talk to their patients; check their conditions and the need for further treatments. This boosts efficiency by far through eliminating the home visits that consumes much time. The only downside is companies making this robotics have to improve the privacy concerns. As with most robotics, it is near impossible to get non-authorized personnel. With the right safeguards, these robots have highly improved the lives of patients and caretakers.

Robotics in the supply chain

One amazing thing about robotics is that makers can make them durable so they can overtake tasks that would be too dangerous for humans. For example, Petman is designed for testing chemical protection clothing. The robot moves freely and can change suit temperature and start sweating to provide realistic conditions. Such robotics and features are meant to reduce the risk to human testers. In the end, production becomes cheaper due to mechanization of the supply chain. It becomes more affordable as well. The robotics has increased productivity in the health sector since they are agile sturdy and flexible.

In conclusion, the above are just some of the features. Robotics offer more benefits to the health industry.

What are the chances of the Boring Company succeeding?

Now each company has some great potential when it is launched. This is because starting a company takes some initial research and a lot of efforts. Most of them have got an ideology at its heart that the company and its resources and personnel try to fulfil. There might be various aspects about a company and the scenario where it would be functioning to determine if it would be a success or not. One among these thousands of companies is the Boring Company, created by Elon Musk in late 2016. The successful CEO of Tesla, which is a company that deals in automotive and energy storage of renewable energy resources like electric cars and vehicle powertrain components and the like.

How the Boring Company came to being?

Elon Musk says that some time in December 2016, he got really frustrated while being stuck at a bad Los Angeles road traffic. It is really so that the traffic in Los Angeles is getting worse by the day. And so he decided to make a tunnel boring machine and “keep digging” till he finds a better solution. And the billionaire entrepreneur is doing just that under a plot of land for his rocket company, the SpaceX, which is the suburbs of Hawthorne. He has even declared that soon the tunnel will be ready with a lift that will allow cars to move through them. This will be in running condition soon.

Transportations have come a long way from the invention of the wheel. Now there are super cars and powerful trains cruising through the road. But there are not many revolutionary new ideas that we have seen for the past few years in the sector of land transports. Sure there are significant innovations that are being made like autonomous cars and the like. But what the Boring Company, yes that’s what the name is, is really a huge step forward. Elon Musk himself says that the project is in its infancy and the chances of successful compilation of the project are very narrow. But still every effort is being made.

Are there chances of the Boring Company succeeding?

Well, the CEO himself says that the task that has been undertaken requires a lot of digging around and exploiting what could be possible or not. Even the machine that does all the digging is named Godot after the play “Waiting for Godot” where this person never shows up. All these are enough to tell you that there are not much hope of success in the project. But that is not something to hold Musk back because his idea has got huge potential. Let us try to figure out in brief what Musk is trying to do through the Boring Company

Idea behind the Boring Company

The Boring Company is going to dig tunnels and reinforce the tunnel at the same time unlike traditional procedures. Musk says that after completion of the tunnels, cars can travel through it at a speed of about 130 miles an hour. He had even made a video of his idea. The idea is quite similar to the Hyperloop program, which are high speed rails for transporting people. This will remove the problems of cars clogging up the roadways.

There are lots of projects that Musk is currently involved in and he cannot invest much time in this project. So it seems that there are not much prospects of this project, though this revolves around a great idea.

How is infrastructure going to change in the future to help with overpopulation?

It is said that change is the only constant thing in life. It is inevitable that with the growth of the infrastructure sector comes great changes, which are bound to benefit the whole world. Infrastructure entails roads, housing and power supplies, which are essential for any country to thrive and enterprise. Roads and not just roads but good quality roads is what every country needs to work on, to curb the many problems associate d with serious traffic jams .Overpopulation being one of the many challenges that come with poor infrastructure can be curbed if the countries concerned are working towards the betterment of their infrastructures.

With how infrastructure projects are changing and being made easy tells a lot about the changes to be expected. More unique methods of building houses have come up recently, therefore making housing and accommodation cheaper and accessible. This means, more accommodation for the high population and of course better living conditions for all. Everyday new structures are being put up for either housing or commercial purposes, which is a good thing and will go a long way to curb the problem of overpopulation especially in the less developed countries, which include the third world countries such as India. Good buildings also mean better housing and better living conditions, which go a long way in solving the problem of overpopulation.

Efficient power supply being part of the infrastructure goes a long way to promote the growth of economy in any given country. Alternative power supplies have been invented therefore more is expected in the future. Poor power supply has always been associated with poverty and poor living conditions, which create overpopulation. Power supply greatly determines the state of human welfare and the standards of living in any society. With good power supply and the many alternatives such as solar energy coming up, overpopulation will not be an issue in the future.

The transport sector being one of the sectors of infrastructure is also associated with either good or bad living conditions or high or low rate of economic growth. Modern transport and unique means of transportations have come up recently, which is a good sign as poor transportation in many third world countries limit access to vital facilities such as healthcare .The transport sector is growing rapidly and the problem of illiteracy and poor living conditions will be solved in the rural areas which will help curb the problem of overpopulation.

In conclusion, good infrastructure is key to mitigating the problems associated with overpopulation and curbing the overpopulation menace itself. A lot is being done on different levels to improve and grow the infrastructure in different countries as many Governments have realized the importance of good infrastructure. Being the backbone of any economy it is paramount and essential to have it as a priority in all other projects as this will go a long way to ensuring a better if not best society to live in. Well, the future remains bright and promising with investment in the infrastructure sector. It is the greatest solution to creating a friendly planet that is not overpopulated.

How Health Care is Becoming Essential With An Aging Demographic

With the advancement of technology and medical sciences, the average life expectancy is also increasing globally. By the year 2030, one in every five Americans will be considered an elderly, over the age of 65 years old. The world’s older population is growing dramatically. As of 2016, 8.5% of the global population are 65 years or older, amounting to a whopping 617 million elderly individuals worldwide. A report in 2015 extrapolated that the aging population will increase approximately 17% by the year 2050, bringing the total number to 1.6 billion.

Although people are living longer, it does not necessarily mean that these individuals are healthier. The exponential rise in the elderly population will present public health challenges that the health care work force will have to be prepared for in all ways. Global life expectancy is anticipated to increase by 8 years, from 68.6 years in 2015 to 76.2 years in 2050.

The anticipated health care challenge for this population revolves around non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, heart disease, and more. Alzheimers will be a devastating and debilitating disease to them. The modern lifestyle also contributes to future health burdens as the use of tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, and sedentary way of life will eventually affect these individuals.

With the increasing health care problems, prevention is key in lowering the financial health burden as reducing disability due to disease ultimately drops the costs. Ensuring that each person is able to be independent and care for themselves significantly lowers the costs for long-term care to families, society, and government. More and more individuals are living past the age of 100, it is now common to see octo-and nonagenarians among society. The worldwide number of centenarians is even projected to increase 10 times more between the years 2010 to 2050.

It is also best to remember that with today’s lifestyle, more individuals flock to live in the cities. They are also less likely to be married, less likely to have children, and will therefore have less support from family members. New policies that will ensure the financial needs of older people, along with their health and social needs will be required. Healthcare and At Home Nurse personnel will eventually need to address this future issue of providing daily support to those in need.

What else does this mean for the industry? It means that more partnerships and collaboration is required to help transform the system in order to cater to the elderly. Partnerships should include industries such as communication, technology, and fitness companies to help reshape the health system. With new partnerships, more funding will be and can be invested in the innovation and efficiency of new technologies leading to better outcomes for future patients.

According to the World Health Organization report on Global Health and Aging, there are some researches who believe that although life expectancy is increasing, it does not necessarily mean that health burden will increase as the progress in medicine will compensate for it. Although all these health care advances are being developed, the last hurdle in the future will be implementing the new approaches in healthcare and using a multidisciplinary approach for patient care.

What The Fashion Industry Has In Store For Us In 2017

fashion trends

The fashion industry is challenging due to the dynamism nature of the industry. The public and fashionista would want to keep up the trend and businesses will strive to get customers flowing into their shops.

The market analysts have to be on toes to grasp any new ideas and preferences for the customers. The designers are put to task to bring the big ideas into reality and the end game is to maintain the loyalty of the customers as well as meet their levels of satisfaction. Designers make it easy for the choice of fashion and trends.

According to the 2016 global survey, the fashion industry can be said to be changing and uncertain. Amidst all the challenges, consumers have become more demanding and discerning and the fashionists cannot predict their behaviors. This has shaped the direction that technology in the globe is taking. To remain competitive in the market, the fashion industry has to embrace technology and its dynamism.

Recovery for fashion industry in 2017 seems to be glim. This is due to the influence of macroeconomic factors like GDP growth forecasts which is expected to rise in 2017 compared to the growth experienced in 2016. Political shifts in United States are known to affect world economies and consequently the fashion industry.

It is expected that investment community and fashion brands will improve in 2017. The fashion industry players have witnessed major cost cutting measures being executed and restructuring of firms to enable them to focus on the core business which is fashion and maximize shareholders value.

Performance of fashion industry is expected to vary depending on the market categories and market segments. Luxurious items with value and are affordable may take the largest share other segments will experience small but significant growth based on previous years performances.
The major players are following the trends and so as to take the opportunity to stabilize ready for the year 2017 and its developments.

Intensifying volatility is a wide concern among fashion executives- terrorism and domestic conflicts are the order of the day and this can heavily disrupt the fashion industry. Uncertainties due to Brexit departure from EU is also worrying fashion executives. This is expected to flow over to 2017 in form of low consumer demand, tourism, and exchange rate arbitrage among others.

Companies in fashion industry have options of making adjustments to counter this by;
Adapting to changes in consumer needs.

Establish strong supply chains promise stability of supplies throughout 2017.

Diversify and differentiate brands and categories and geographical portfolios.

Managing costs to manage cash flows.

Chinese entry into the fashion industry in a major comeback in 2017- China has increased wealth in middle class, has experienced growth in mobile shopping and personal consumption. It’s expected to stimulate investment and consumption in the fashion industry in 2017.

Expected urban growth in 2017- will be a major boost for fashion industry as the cities will provide shopping hubs for consumers especially in China and India which have very high populations.

Organic growth- in 2017 focus will be on growth of value rather than volume especially through branding and developing clientele.

3 Modern Exercise Techniques for New Results

running exercise

The importance of exercise to the human body cannot be overstated. However, doing the same exercise over and over again can be monotonous hence the need to spice up your exercise regimen with these modern techniques.

1. Dead Man’s Crawl

This is a unique exercise that helps to strengthen your core as it involves vertical pulling.

· Begin by lying on the floor with your face down, shoulders width apart and arms outstretched fully. Ensure that your legs are hip-width apart, legs straight with pointed toes. Your spine should be flat and do not pull back your head.

· Push down your forearms, elbows and palms on the floor. At the same time, pull forward with your fingers stretched out while keeping the whole body on the ground.

· Keep pulling yourself forward till your elbows are at the sides of your ribcage then stretching your arms over the head, place them on the floor with your palms flat on the ground and repeat this procedure twice or thrice.

2. The Half Moon Push ups

They are very helpful in preventing injuries and strains to the ribs not to mention building strength through a wide variety of motion.

How to do it:

· In a bear squat position, stretch out your arms fully, your hands should be shoulders and feet wide apart and your knees bent with your butt almost touching your heels.

· With your body close to the ground, pull yourself in an upward motion with your hands. As you do so, turn your torso and knees and towards the left in order to put more weight on the right hand.

· When your chest is aligned to your palms and shoulders shift some weight to the left hand turning your torso and knees to the right side.

· Once you are facing the right side, start to push yourself backwards as you turn your knees and torso all over again to the bear squat position.

· This exercise ought to be done in one smooth motion so that it seems like your chest is making a semi-circle across the floor hence the name half moon’

3. Modern yoga

Most people think of yoga as twisting of one’s body into some form. What they fail to know is that true yoga is the union of one’s mind, body, and spirit. Modern yoga is practically based on 4 basic principles which are:

· Positive thinking and meditation

Meditation is a major aspect of yoga and it comprises of various aspects such as greater focus, more self-awareness, a greater level of consciousness and a more relaxed frame of mind.

· Proper relaxation

This refers to feeling refreshed with a notable feeling of absence of worry which is easily attained after the first principle of positive thinking.

· Proper exercise

Yoga greatly involves creating a balance in the body through the development of strength and flexibility through various postures and poses. This is attained by stretching, hence the more you practice the more body strength you gain and the more flexible you become.

· Proper breathing

Many people don’t know that there is a proper way to breathe. Through yoga, you will relearn how to take in slow deep breaths that allow the abdomen to expand thus allowing inadequate oxygen that’s needed to nourish the body cells. Moreover, it slows down the heart rate, relaxes the muscles and calms down the mind.

Incorporating these modern exercises into your fitness program will help you attain your overall body weight goals and you will love the results.

How to stay stress free in a densely populated city and busy work schedule

You probably know that being too busy can cause stress. But did you know that where you live can trigger stress as well? According to research people living in densely populated cities are more likely to experience stress than those who live in cities that are less populated. The traffic jam on the roads can take a toll on you making you worry about when you will get home or to work. The lack of privacy in most areas can make you feel as if you are going crazy. The list of things that cause stress in populated cities is endless. A busy work schedule may cause you to be stressed and even depressed when worse comes to worst. Such a schedule means that you do not have time to do other activities like spending time with friends and family; let alone to relax. All these activities are vital to your well-being and when deprived of them you will tend to be stressed.

So, how can you stay stress free in a densely populated city and a busy work schedule? Try these tips.

Choose a peaceful location for your home and make it a serene environment

When choosing the location of your home, avoid the suburbs that are densely populated. Avoid apartments if you can afford to. Choose a neighborhood that has a relaxing atmosphere where you can feel at home and enjoy your stay there. Remember that after the crazy working hours this is where you will be putting your head down. Inside the house, declutter and put everything in its place. If you do not have the time you can ask someone to do it. An organized home is more relaxing and will help you calm down and reduce your stress levels as soon as you shut the door to all the hassle and bustle going on out there.


Whereas you may not have time to go to the gym and exercise, one simple exercise you can always find time for is to breathe. This is a great way to relieve stress. Take a minute or more and breathe in and out heavily. As you exhale you will feel your body relaxing and all the tension stress causes taken off. When you are in a situation and feel as if you are about to lose your cool, breathe. At night before you go to bed breathe. Whenever you can, try to meditate and this will help you relax even more. You could even enroll for yoga classes if time allows.

Eat healthy and get enough rest

With a busy schedule you may not have time to cook your meals at home. However, avoid eating fast foods day in day out. A better option is to employ a cook who can help you prepare balanced meals. Even when you eat out, order meals that are balanced and healthy. What you eat determines how your body will handle any stress it experiences. Remember to drink a lot of water and eat fruits and vegetables for snacks. No matter how busy you are ensure that you get at least six hours of sleep every day. Foregoing sleep will not help you accomplish things faster. It will instead slow you down as your energy levels will be down and will increase your stress levels.

The Rise of Muay Thai Along With the Growth of MMA

Muay Thai is gaining steam in mixed martial arts, especially with most of the top fighters showcasing deadly striking skills. Before we delve more into current events and the excellent fighters utilizing the art of eight limbs, let’s ask the basic question, “What is Muay Thai’?”

As the national sport of Thailand, the art of eight limbs is a combat sport featuring stand-up striking and clinching techniques. Competitors can use punches, elbows, knees, and kicks to score points against their opponents or simply knock them out. Bear in mind that elbows, knees, and kicks score more in the eyes of Thai boxing judges. When fighting in the clinch, Nak Muay (Thai boxers), may opt to attack their opponents with strikes or sweep them off their feet. Takedowns score plenty, and could be the deciding factor should the fight go the distance.

Today, Muay Thai is receiving plenty of attention especially with prominent fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Fabricio Werdum, and Anderson Silva making plenty of noise in the UFC, mixed martial arts’ premier organization. Cerrone is a finishing machine with powerful kicks capable of knocking anyone out. Werdum has a deadly one-two punch combination, and is adept at following up with a thudding kick. Silva, who once was the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is deadly wherever the fight ends up in, especially in the clinch where he can unload on knees.

What do these fighters all have in common apart from being skilled Muay Thai practitioners? The answer is simple: they are all very exciting to watch. Just look at their highlights! Cerrone has knockout finishes of the likes of Adriano Martins, Patrick Cote, and Rick Story. Werdum has a flying knee knockout win over Samoan contender Mark Hunt. Silva is a human highlight reel of knockouts with victories over former champions Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, and Vitor Belfort utilizing punches, kicks, and knees.

More and more fighters are making Muay Thai their bread-and-butter when it comes to competing in mixed martial arts, hoping to make their own mark in the sport with exciting knockouts. Gone are the days of wrestlers holding their opponents down on the mats for extended periods of time. Now, we get knockouts aplenty from the regional shows up to the biggest of stages such as the UFC.

Striking specialists are starting to get better at defending takedowns after studying the art of eight limbs. Today, we see the likes of Benson Henderson and Johny Hendricks turn into excellent strikers. Both were talented amateur wrestlers before they fell in love with their striking ability in mixed martial arts competitions.

In the end, Muay Thai is gaining popularity with the rise of mixed martial arts for one simple reason: it is very exciting. When a Muay Thai specialist steps into the cage, you know what you’re going to get. There will always be a threat of a knockout whether it comes from the knee, elbow, kick, or punch. You may even get lucky and see one of the more acrobatic fighters like Anthony Pettis throw flying round house kicks or knees off the cage.