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JP: I’ll sleep when I’m dead

I woke up this morning tired. Staying up late to watch WEC 46 when you have to wake up at five in morning is no fun. I thought for a second, I’ll go to bed early tonight, then I remembered it will be another late night with UFC Fight Night 20 on tap.

This is a good problem to have.

With the beginning of 2010 upon us, there are more MMA events than ever. Its seems as if every week there is a new show to watch, breaking news to cover, or announcements that leave you salivating for more.

Long ago are the days when only about four shows aired per year, with each one, leaving you with a sense that it could be the last. Even further removed are the days when you could only find bad VHS recordings of old UFC events to hold you off until a new show appeared. It’s been a rocky road for MMA but it seems as if it’s finally made it.

A few examples of this are when I was in an electronic superstore the other day and happened to walk by the sports DVDs. Lined up in row were about 20 to 25 UFC titles ranging from Ultimate Knockouts to UFC 1 through 5. I even seen a Pride I didn’t have, so I quickly added that to my collection.

The next day I went to the grocery store and ventured down the magazine rack. Right in the front row I saw titles such as Ultimate MMA Magazine, FIGHT! Magazine, and TAPOUT Magazine. They even had the UFC Magazine stacked in front of Mens Fitness.

Not to mention the internet. Although I like to think you diehards only frequent 5oz. for your MMA information, there are dozens of sites that could be chosen. It almost seems like a new one pops up every week.

My point is that not long ago you had to really search out to find mixed martial arts. It was like an underground phenomenon that didn’t quite reach the masses. We all knew it was something special and knew it was just a matter of time before the whole world caught up.

So as I sit here complaining about my lack of sleep, I think back to the late 1990’s when we were lucky to see more than four shows a year, let alone four major shows in a month.

Two shows in two days, Ill sleep when I’m dead…

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