MMA Athletes: Top Athletes in the UFC

December 14, 2010 by  
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Along with the rise of ultimate fighting into the mainstream, a growing number of MMA athletes from other sports have begun training for the UFC.

For fighting fans and collectors alike, following professional athletes transitioning to Ultimate Fighting can be quite an adventure. Many of the same skills – strength, agility and perseverance – translate well from football and wrestling to UFC. Since these athletes have already built a hard earned reputation for world class training, their UFC collectables are potentially even more valuable.

A collecting strategy build around MMA athletes can provide a great opportunity to pair memorabilia across multiple sports. Just imagine having a football and fighting gloves signed by NFL Hall of Fame player Herschel Walker, who is now fighting in MMA. Athletes including Walker, NFL star Michael Westbrook, professional wrestler Brock Lesnar and athlete Kimbo Slice all provide a unique opportunity for collectors. With their instant recognition and build-in fan bases, the market for collectables is hotter than ever.

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Smart collectors see the full potential in pairing memorabilia across an athlete’s entire career. Collecting autographs, collector’s cards and in-game gear from MMA and other professional sports can provide a unique perspective on how intensive MMA has become. In addition to his world class speed, Westbrook has earned a reputation as a world class Jiu-Jitsu fighter.

The growing trend of athletes participating in MMA training during their careers will further accelerate entry into UFC competition. As a result, we’re likely to see star athletes transition to professional fighting even after they hang up the cleats. Top athletes such as All Pro linebacker Patrick Willis actively train in martial arts to keep fit. Forward looking collectors can begin building their collection MMA athlete memorabilia to build a solid set of future Hall of Famers.

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