As most any one who has read my bio knows I teach Judo and Jujitsu in my spare time (For free) I enjoy the sport and have been around it for years(OK decades). If you watch TV, you may have seen mixed martial arts bouts on pay per view, spike or many other TV stations. The sport can best be described as a combination of boxing, wrestling and karate with a few other martial arts mixed in. It has become wildly popular since "the ultimate fighting challenge" first aired many years ago. When it first came out though, it needed regulation. Size was unlimited, rules were all but non existent. It was bad. It was banned at the same time tough man competitions (think amateur boxing for people with no experience) were taken out.
Things have changed since then.
It is much safer now. Safer then boxing,football,hockey and many other sports. Yes there are injuries but oddly to some the injuries pale in comparison to many other legal sports. I put forward a bill to make Mixed martial arts bouts legal again in Tennessee and will be putting it forward with the rules that are now widely accepted. The income from this sport is also huge and has topped boxing for popularity. As you can imagine the Mike Tyson fight in Memphis was a huge boom for the city. Mixed martial arts could replace and surpass that. Channel 4 did a interview with me about it and talked with a Nashville Jujitsu school about the idea. You can view it here.