Legendary mixed martial artist Georges St. Pierre believes that MMA has the potential to become the most popular sport in the world. In a recent interview, he laid out his reasoning for this prediction.
According to St. Pierre, the widespread appeal of fighting gives MMA an advantage over other sports. “Fighting is something that we can indentify ourselves to easier than even now if other sport are more popular,” he said. “Because our ancestors have thought to have the right to survive. And when I say fighting, I can say it in a in a different way. It doesn’t have to be in a cage.”
He went on to explain that the competitive drive to fight and survive is intrinsic to human nature and evolution. “I can take anybody in the world, putting putting him in a situation Wear is not gonna have any choice and he’s gonna have to fight,” St. Pierre stated.
The former UFC welterweight champ also compared the tribal nature of sports fandom to a modernized, safe version of war. “It’s my team against your team. It’s like, used to be done on battlefield. Now it’s we play soccer. We play football,” he said during a recent Q and A session..
While St. Pierre acknowledged that not everyone has the skill or desire to be a fighter, he believes MMA’s primal nature gives it a unique appeal that could propel it to the top of the sports world over time. Other major sports may be more popular now, but St. Pierre sees a path for MMA to capture the public’s imagination and viewership.
Whether or not this prediction comes true, St. Pierre makes a thoughtful case. His incredible insights come from a lifetime as one of the sport’s most cerebral and dominant champions.