Should We Expect To See More Pro Athletes Coming To MMA?

Written by Tim Ngo
February 4th, 2010

Michael Westbrook, Marcus Jones, Herschel Walker and of course … Johnnie Morton. Just kidding about the last one, well not really. Football is a contact sport so the move from the field to the cage isn’t too far fetched. Could we see other sports crossing over soon?

Let’s face it, mixed martial arts is going to keep growing regardless of what anyone may say. At some point in the near future, all 50 states in America will sanction the sport and the rest of the world will most likely follow.

With the sport getting more and more coverage through the mainstream media like ESPN, Fox News and CNBC, people are going to get exposed to the sport at an increasing rate.

Athletes all have one thing in common, they are all extremely competitive.

There’s nothing more competitive than going in mano-a-mano with someone else to see who is the best at that particular time. To challenge yourself to see if what you do and the way you do it is really the best is the ultimate sport.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see a lot more big name athletes (whether they’ve retired from their respective sports or not) testing the waters of MMA.

Current sports stars like Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings and future NBA Hall of Famer and four-time NBA world champion Shaquille O’Neal are training in MMA during downtime so it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for someone to make the jump before they turn 47-years old (ie. Herschel Walker).

We might not see any major crossovers in the near future, but eventually, I’d expect to see more great athletes make a move and attempt to become real MMA fighter’s.

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