I have been thinking about this the last couple of days of how MMA has dissented into Chicago area and the surrounding areas. In my opinion I just don't think the MMA scene is getting enough exposure to the Chicago area. It really disappoints me that the number 3 market in the United States is falling behind other states that are MMA driven (so to speak).
Chicago can really be a great city to be known as an MMA location. Chicago is known for its hard nose, blue collar workers and that's exactly what MMA fighters are. They don't get to their position as a fighter but going through the motions and that's a direct relation to what Chicago is all about.
The two major newspapers in Chicago give very little coverage about the sport as my guess they don't think it's newsworthy or something somebody will read. I know there are plenty of MMA fans out there that have been fans since the conception or for just a few years. Either way the fans really need to push the writers of the two major newspapers and really get the media aspect of the sport included to Chicago.
There is a great website called Chicago MMA and covers everything that is related to Chicago and MMA. However websites can only do so much as many individuals still rely on the newspaper to get their news. There are plenty of events in Chicago to attend and get your MMA addiction. Yet no coverage is pushed towards any type of media (radio, or print) to let people know. It is kind of giving the fans of MMA the cold shoulder and saying that MMA is a fad and will go away soon.
MMA will never go away as it is just growing. There may have been a time where there was some nervousness on what would happen with the sport but that is long gone. MMA is just beginning to become a mainstream sport across the United States and Chicago needs to join the acceptance of it.
Correct me if I'm wrong but was there a big coverage of UFC 90 took place? I honestly don't recall the two biggest newspapers gathering that much coverage on the event before or after. Like I said if I am wrong please correct me.
My point being though that Chicago is a place that people love to come and with The UFC not coming again this year really makes me think has MMA passed Chicago by? Do they not see the drive of the media and fans enough to make a stop here to gather the numbers they are looking for? It would be a very sad situation if that aroused but hopefully The UFC or even The WEC makes their way towards Chicago next year.
There are plenty of great writers who write about MMA not only on this site but all over the Internet. I really hope the fans really push the local papers to get more coverage on the sport that is really taking off and not leave Chicago in its dust trails.
Hopefully in the next few months Chicago feels the MMA surge of fans pushing for more coverage not only from writers as well as from bloggers and other Chicago based personalities. Chicago is a great city for food, sightseeing, and MMA. I will make every effort to get more coverage towards the Chicago media and take any ideas or suggestions you have. Chicago needs more MMA because not only do I blog about it but I love watching as a fan. Chicago has some dedicated fans and it's time for those fans to speak up for the sport.