Todd Martin from SI.com has written a really good creative article where he tries to relate MMA stars to mainstream sports stars.
Here’s an example (and what I consider to be Martin’s most uncanny comparison):
Jon Fitch is Marc Bulger. Bulger is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but doesn’t get much recognition. That has a lot to do with playing the NFL’s most glamorous position, where Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Brett Favre get the love. Fitch is in a similar rut: He is one of the best fighters in the UFC, but stuck in a deep and talented welterweight division.
I think the article might have been geared towards novice fans with the goal of giving them perspective on the stature of certain fighters in MMA but the comparisons are so good that I feel it appeals to everyone.
I highly recommend you check the article out, which you can do by clicking here.