MMA: Previewing the Next Crop of Superstars

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MMA: Previewing the Next Crop of Superstars
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MMA has enjoyed a "golden age" in recent years. The sport exploded in popularity following the success of The Ultimate Fighter and has become one of the fastest growing sports internationally. Unfortunately, that growth has slowed a bit recently.

The sport still has superstars like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre but will need a new crop of fighters to take their place. Fans have witnessed "the old guard," guys like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, be replaced by fighters like Jon Jones and Silva.

It's only a matter of time before the stars of today lose their status or step back from fighting. That leaves the question of who will step up and take their place? Luckily for the sport of MMA and fans, there isn't a shortage of young fighters who can fill the superstar void with ease.

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