Metamoris, College Wrestling and 10 Non-MMA Events MMA Fans Should Watch
Not that long ago, MMA fans were relegated to watching VHS copies of the UFC and reading about other “fringe” aspects of the sport, such as submission grappling, in Black Belt magazine.
What a difference 20 or so years and the Internet make.
Now, we have the UFC on Fox, UFC Fight Pass, Bellator on Spike TV and so on. Yet for all the exposure the sport is receiving, there is still some programming that fans of the sport may be missing out on.
Some of this of course will be far from new to fans of the combative sports as a whole, but this list is meant to be a fully rounded as possible. What you take from it is wholly up to you, which is how it should be.
These events and programming represent some of the core disciplines of the sport of MMA. These singular sports can be enjoyed by themselves while promoting the sport of MMA as a composite whole.
A submission-based grappling event that focuses on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Metamoris recently featured the rematch between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie.
While it is not known how long this event will continue, it is worth a serious look if you are a fan of submission grappling. The talent on display is impressive, and it looks to put a new face to the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
While the events are not as deep as those found in the ADCC, that may change if Metamoris can stage events more frequently.
While hardly new to fans of MMA, college wrestling has never gotten the exposure that many think it should. There have been specials on the sport—documentaries that focus on Dan Gable, but nothing that really puts the sport in the limelight.
Still, some programming dedicated to the art of wrestling on the college level is better than none. You can find many videos on YouTube, and you can also watch the NCAA championships on ESPN.
If you can adjust to the scoring system of wrestling and don’t mind the absence of submissions, it’s worth the time to watch these incredible athletes on the mat.
You never know—you might just catch a glimpse of the next MMA star like Johny Hendricks.
Dedicated to the sport of judo, this YouTube channel gives fans some coverage of major events before and after the Olympics.
It also has much of the same coverage as Ippon.tv, without the occasional technical problems of the latter.
The international flavor of the coverage is also something special, and it reminds us that this sport is bigger than many MMA purists realize.
Covering both men’s and women’s divisions, this channel should be bookmarked if you are interested in great throws and submissions, not to mention fierce competition. Coverage of the world championships, the Masters, the Grand Slams and the Grand Prix, this channel has something for everyone, from the past and present.
It's definitely not to be missed by grappling fans.
Found on Spike TV, the Glory series is devoted to kickboxing on an international level.
While the bouts may be short, the action can be quite intense, and as the promotion grows, so too will the talent.
Glory has played host to such names as Mirko "Cro-Cop" Filipovic, Tyrone Spong and many other fighters of note and will continue to do so in the future.
If you are a fan of kickboxing, this is the event to watch.
Boxing on HBO and Showtime
While some MMA fans won't even consider watching boxing, if you do, HBO and Showtime are the places to go for some excellent fights.
HBO has been broadcasting boxing at the highest levels since the early '80s, including fights between Meldrick Taylor and Julio Cesar Chavez and Arturo Gatti’s trilogy with Micky Ward.
Showtime has been around for a while as well and has provided many great fights, including the epic first showdown between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo and the fantastic trilogy (plus one) between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez.
As it stands now, HBO is home to Manny Pacquiao and Showtime to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Once both men retire, you can believe that the stars of boxing’s future will be found on either channel once they make a name for themselves.
Muay Thai TV on YouTube
This YouTube channel focuses on the sport of muay thai and all of its eight points of contact in their glory.
Some excellent fights can be witnessed on this page. If the channel can expand its backlog to include some of the great fights from yesteryear (like the one in the video, which has the greatest Round 2 of fighting I have ever seen), it could become must-watch material for MMA fans.
This is definitely worth your time.
Golden Boy Boxing
The UFC isn’t the only combative sport on Fox.
Oscar De La Hoya’s promotion, Golden Boy Boxing, can be found on Fox Sports South, and it is certainly worth the time.
The fighters on Golden Boy Boxing are mainly up-and-comers who may become the next big names in the sport. Very much a grassroots experience for both boxers and fans, this program could turn out to be the place where you find the stars of tomorrow before they make the big jump to headlining pay-per-view events and appearing on HBO or Showtime.
While the events on Sambo TV take some getting used to (they mix competition with music and dancing interludes), the sport is interesting to watch.
As of now, this channel is still growing, and the programming is limited. Still, it could end up being the place to go for sambo on an international level.
Note: You can also find it here.
Another YouTube channel, IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) TV is an excellent place to go for Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments.
As with Metamoris, IBJJF TV does not have the talent of the ADCC, but it is still growing and worth a look for devotees of submission grappling.
One of the longest-running events to be found, the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) is a submission grappling tournament that has seen some of the biggest names in MMA and grappling step foot on its mats.
Notables such as Royler and Renzo Gracie, the Machado brothers, Josh Barnett, Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz, Mario Sperry, Matt Serra and countless others have participated in the event.
While ADCC does not have its own channel, it has an impressive catalogue of events, and each one is worth the time if you are a grappling or MMA fan. This is easily one of the best non-MMA events for MMA fans, bar none.