The MMA world was frustrated earlier this week when the Olympics made a tough decision that may have a dramatic effect on the future of our beloved sport. The IOC's executive board voted Tuesday to remove wrestling from the Olympic games.
Although wrestling and mixed martial arts are not exactly equivalent, most experts would tell you that wrestling, which many start at a very young age, is unquestionably the best base for an aspiring MMA fighter.
Fighters such as Daniel Cormier, Mark Coleman and Ben Askren have all come to the defense of wrestling, hoping that their status as stars in the MMA world, as well as their history as high-profile wrestlers, would help shine light on the situation. Although the decision has been made, they are hoping that it still may be reconsidered.
The future might look bleak for wrestling in the Olympics, but while some are dwelling on the IOC's ruling, others see the bright side.
UFC President Dana White noted that while he is frustrated to see wrestling removed, it might actually lead to an interesting outcome.
“There's been a lot of people saying (to me) you gotta do something. But what this could be is the evolution of mixed martial arts becoming an Olympic sport,” White told Yahoo sports. “We bring spectators, eyeballs, whether it's on TV or whatever it is. This sport draws, wrestling doesn't.”
So what if MMA did become an Olympic sport? Which countries would benefit? What nation would have the best team?
We can only speculate on what the rules and weight classes would be and things could change dramatically between now and when MMA would be added, but here are the top 10 countries that could put together an MMA team for the Olympics if it were to happen today.