Jon Jones on "The View": 5 Hit TV Shows That NEED an MMA Guest Star

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As the sport of MMA continues to grow in popularity, more and more fighters are making the jump to that most hallowed of mediums: mainstream television.

Remember Chuck Liddell's appearance on "Entourage" or more recently "Dancing With The Stars?" People rolled their eyes at both of these appearances, but they helped raise MMA's profile with the elusive "mainstream audience" like nothing else.

People wondered if Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez was catching on with Latino fans—until an appearance on the "Mario Lopez Show" confirmed his rising star status in the Latino community and paved the way for further growth (ok, all the Mexican flags at UFC 121 were also a pretty good indicator).

And do I even have to mention the phenomenon that is "Bully Beatdown" on MTV? Love it or hate it, that's a show that's bridged the gap to casual fans (for better or worse) and made a star outside of MMA of Jason "Mayhem" Miller.

And it doesn't stop there. Now many new shows—from "Sport Science" to "Deadliest Warrior"—have imported MMA fighters to capitalize on the buzz and hype of the "fastest growing sport in the world".

Now with word that Jon Jones will be appearing on BET, it's clear this trend has no signs of stopping. If MMA wants to continue to make inroads into the mainstream, these TV appearances are absolutely crucial.

So without further ado, here are the top five television appearances MMA stars NEED to make. What fighter could (and should) be making an appearance on a television show near you? Find out.

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