AXS TV HOSTS DISCUSS HEAD TRAUMA CONTROVERSY, GLOBAL EXPANSION AND MORE IN THE FINAL TWO UFC 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEOS

Nov 24, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LOS ANGELES – In honor of the UFC’s 20th Anniversary this month AXS TV FIGHTS’ Pat Miletich, Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten continue their discussion of the sport which began with two videos released last week, this time touching on the growth of the UFC and the major challenges the promotion may face as it continues its rise in popularity.

In part three of the four-part series, the hosts discuss how the UFC has grown since being bought by Zuffa for $2 million in 2001, including the influence “The Ultimate Fighter” had on the promotion’s popularity and how they first knew that the sport was going to make it.

Watch part three here: bit.ly/18NAFLx

Part four tackles the big question of what’s next for the UFC, including global expansion and the threats of head trauma controversy and competition from other promotions.

Watch part four here: bit.ly/186ANLP

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