What are the most important moments that make up MMA today as we know it?
That is actually impossible to say because MMA as "we" know it, does not exist. MMA exists as we all know it individually.
I am a dedicated and passionate mixed martial arts enthusiast, and these are the top 25 moments that make up MMA today as "I" know it.
Of course, I have not studied martial arts in Japan or fought in Brazil's Vale Tudo circuits, so my knowledge of MMA, like everyone else's, is limited.
What I do know is a good amount about major international mixed martial arts competitions over the past 15 to 20 years, and a good deal about the culture and growth of commercial MMA here in America.
I see MMA as a sport made increasingly legitimate through a series of standout events which have helped build interest off an ancient heritage to a commercially viable practice in global markets, but becoming anchored in Western culture.
In the context of this MMA worldview, these are the top 25 moments in MMA history that have brought us to today.
What top moments define MMA for you?