During the early years of the MMA, the sport was labeled human cock fighting. It was seen as too violent. It started out the furthest from mainstream possible.
Over time, and with the right match-ups, MMA has begun to hit more mainstream markets.
MMA now can be seen on several channels. Highlights on ESPN and HDNet and ESPN currently have shows dedicated to MMA news.
The sport still isn't where it wants to be or where it can be, but it’s clearly moving in the right direction. Here is a list of the top 10 MMA fights the helped push MMA closer to mainstream.