The world of MMA is experiencing some really amazing growth right now.
With the world's media now focused on the juggernaut that is the UFC, the ripple effect that is streaming across the world is starting to have some real positive effects on MMA promotions.
It's easy to think of mixed martial arts as a one-promotion sport. Much like the WWE with wrestling, the UFC is truly the dominant force within the world of combat sports, and at times it feels like we all just ignore the competition. Thankfully, it looks like those days are starting to come to an end.
Don't get me wrong, I love the UFC and all of its events. It's been amazing to watch the company grow into the grandeur Las Vegas events that it can now put on, but there's also a hell of a lot of talent elsewhere!
Bellator continues to develop into a major player, while promotions like ONE Championship are putting on thrilling fights such as the incredible inaugural women's atomweight championship bout between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi.
Now, latest figures from Venator FC, a smaller promotion based out of Italy, has shown just how far we've come in the sport. And it's a real positive sign for smaller companies looking to break into the industry.
Although a relatively unknown company, Venators online presence for their early fight cards is extremely impressive. The company reportedly took in 105,000 online streamers via MMATV and a further 110k on FOX Sports Italy. Add that to a live attendance of 2,077, and it looks like the future is bright for Venator FC and the world of MMA!
This does ask the question, is the way forward for MMA promotions online streaming? Give us your thoughts below!