Originally Posted by FrickenChicken
So as of lately the UFC has show an increased interest in globalization by expanding into foreign markets. Along side the Americans, Brazilians, Japenese and Englishmen in the octagon we have seen a much wider spectrum of talent. With the way things are going fans from every country will have a superstar or staple representing their heritage. Especially with the ultimate fighter now in Canada, China, and soon India as well as Mexico.
So my question is which of the countries are you most excited/interested/don't give a damn about?
1.Russia - my personal favorite producing some BMF's
2.Scandinavia - someone school on them I heard a lot but have only seen gunner Nelson, who is cool IMO.
3. India - haven't seen much but they have decent Olympic wrestling (apparently)
4. Pacific Islanders (New Zeland, suma, etc.) - seem to be booming didn't do the best however in the last Australia card. But whatevs
5.china - tuf is now there and it should be interesting how they match up in the U.S.
What y'all got???
Dagestan/Chechnya has probably the greatest potential. Great grappling culture, Sambo and wrestling. Foreign wrestlers were swarming to Dagestani wrestling school ahead of London olympics. People don't know that Dagestan wrestling school is producing olympic gold medalists in wrestling. Its not just about Sambo.
Scandinavia, I don't know much but a few years back MMA was a rage in Finland. I'm not sure about the current MMA scene. We have fighters like Ninimaki (typo), Gunnar and Gus breaking through.
Absolutely zero potential in India. Cricket is the only sport that exists here. Good localised wrestling culture in certain areas but MMA is not something that can capture their imagination, for now.
Oceanic MMA is doing great. They need to do more events and scout for talent. It has potential.
I don't know much about China. We'll see if TUF has any impact on general MMA scene there. Don't know if MMA has any kind of foothold there.