It was 22 years ago this month that the world of mixed martial arts was changed forever. It was then that first the UFC took place in Denver, Colorado. One of the key people responsible for it all coming together was Art Davie. Last year we spoke with Art about that very topic, as well as many others, here on CYInterview [see here].
It was Art’s vision, passion and desire, along with that of a few other individuals, to bring the best fighters in the world together for one special night. Over two decades later, the UFC is a worldwide business and MMA is a sport that is popular globally.
At the first UFC, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought. The two fighters are planning to face off again in February of 2016. It is a testament to famous brand names in the sport and Mr. Davie’s original belief that the best should square off against each other.
Today, Ronda Rousey is arguably UFC’s best known fighter, the biggest brand name in the world of mixed martial arts. Her recent loss to Holly Holm made worldwide news and shocked many. However, when it comes to mixed martial arts, it is extremely rare to stay in the game any length of time without tasting defeat.
To discuss what he has been up to since we spoke last year, get his thoughts on history repeating itself with Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock and what he thinks about Ronda Rousey, we welcome back Art Davie for a very interesting conversation about the past, present and future of the UFC and MMA.
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this segment and as always provides us with his insightful fighting analysis. You can read the highlights and listen to the entire CYInterview below: