Where is MMA Most Popular?

MMA is most is most popular in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, and Russia.


United States

With by far the most active competitors, the United States dominates the UFC and Bellator rankings and is the MMA powerhouse.

There are champions strewn across the divisions. They bolster the divisions with a mix of veterans and newcomers. MMA’s behemoths. Fans have converted their historic passion of boxing and wrestling to the newest sport on the scene, mixed martial arts (MMA). Because the talent pool in the United States is so large, there are nearly too many names to include.

The best American combatants are usually a mix of boxers and wrestlers. This is a powerful combo that has produced champions after champions. They’ve given us Demetrius Johnson, the Diaz brothers, Stipe Miocic, and Daniel Cormier, to name a few. Along with notable mavericks such as Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone, Ronda Rousey, and Robbie Lawler. With youthful top runners like Cody Garbrandt, Max Holloway, and AJ McKee, they give us hope for the future. 

MMA is popular across the globe. But the aforementioned countries truly have created names for themselves in terms of showcasing their passion for MMA in the way of the incredibly talented fighters who have been chosen to represent their countries.



In Mexico, fighting is loved and respected; it runs through their veins. Their fervent supporters, who have applauded and idolized boxers such as Oscar De la Hoya and, more recently, Canelo Alvarez, are slowly making their way into MMA. 

Fortunately, they have a couple of candidates for whom they may lend their significant support. Cain Velazquez, one of the all-time great heavyweight champions, has battled injuries, but when healthy, he is a raging bull who never tires. Their warriors appear to be youthful, eager, and energetic. Tyson Pedro, for example, does some impressive things for a large man; he’s the only legitimate prospect in a light heavyweight division with few contenders. 

The talent in the lighter classes will be even more encouraging. With his wheel kicks, cartwheel kicks, and every other kick you can think of, Yair Rodriguez’s athleticism is off the charts. In the UFC, ‘El Pantera’ is a walking highlight reel who is causing a stir. Then there’s Brandon Moreno, a 23-year-old baby-faced assassin who’s been coming from behind and delivering some of the best work in the industry. Finally, Cynthia Calvillo has won all of her fights, which have all been on the main program. Dana White is frantically pursuing her promotion, as evidenced by this placard. Mexico has a plethora of celebrities. 

South Korea

South Korea has a history of producing highly intriguing and unpredictable talent. They may lack the depth of some of the other nations, but their top fighters are fierce competitors.

Featherweight Chan Sung Jung (dubbed “the Korean Zombie” by his devoted fans) has developed a cult following thanks to his bizarre finishes, which include the UFC’s only twister submission. Dooho “the Korean Superboy” Choi competed in the same division and put up a fight of the year with Cub Swanson, which earned him a legion of fans despite his loss. Dong Hyun Kim, on the other hand, has a 13-4 record in the octagon. He’s only lost against welterweights in the elite level of the division, with major victories over Nate Diaz and Matt Brown. If a Korean fighter appears on a card, don’t blink because you might miss the action.


The Netherlands

The Dutch are known around the world for having some of the best and most violent kickboxers. Naturally, this means that most Dutch boxers are fear-inducing strikers who enjoy trading shots. 

Alistair Overeem is largely regarded as the best technically proficient heavyweight ever to compete in the octagon. Kickboxers like Semmy Schilt and Rico Verhoeven should definitely try their hand at MMA because they would undoubtedly put on some savage striking seminars for the audience.

Then there’s Germaine de Randamie, who currently has zero followers due to her role as the champion who ran from Cris Cyborg. She is, however, a seasoned Muay Thai and kickboxing champion with a record that deserves to be respected.

Finally, there’s Gegard Mousasi, who remains a mystery. The most unassuming man who has ever raised a fist. However, this should not detract from his abilities. He is, without a doubt, the most well-rounded and seasoned middleweight in the sport. Now that he is Bellator’s problem, the UFC middleweights will be breathing a sigh of relief.



Canada has always been known as the battling nation that never quite lived up to its full potential. If you saw the Mayweather vs. McGregor press conference in Toronto, you know how passionate the Canadians are about mixed martial arts. Only a few names, however, have truly broken into the world-class category.

Georges St. Pierre is, without a doubt, one of the sport’s undisputed icons. Only a few are routinely bringing in significant pay-per-view numbers. After GSP abandoned Canadian MMA, Rory MacDonald was supposed to be their rescuer. He has a long list of notable opponents on his résumé, and he appears poised to be Bellator’s champion.

Misha Cirkunov, who fights under the Canadian flag, should be able to rise through the ranks of the shaky light heavyweight category. Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Nordine Taleb, and Elias Theodorou are all destined to play in the division’s 10 to 15 positions. The lack of top five candidates, though, will perplex a country that passionately follows the sport.



While the United States provides stability, consistency, and a solid foundation, Brazil has provided fans with some of the most skilled rogues in the sport’s history. 

Brazil, the cradle of Jiu-Jitsu, has produced experts such as Damian Maia, Fabricio Werdum, and Jacare Souza. Each has made the ground a dangerous place for any warrior to be. With top-tier talent like Amanda Nunes, Cris Cyborg, and Claudia Gadelha, Brazil also represents women’s MMA brilliantly. They have flamboyant strikers like José Aldo, terrifying specimens like Vitor Belfort, and the guy many consider the best of all time, Anderson Silva, in their ranks.

Although the United States dominates mixed martial arts, the Brazilians sprinkle the divisions with awesome fighters in proverbial abundance. In typical Brazilian spirit, they assure that anything can happen at any time. The heated mood in Sao Paolo when the UFC visits is a testament to the visceral character of Brazilian combat. They enjoy it so much that they continue to create monsters year in and year out.



No one likes to battle a Russian; they’re usually tough grinders who are notoriously difficult to subdue. Iron-chinned,muscle-bound athletes who almost always put up a fight against their flashier opponents. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov is an excellent example. He’s insanely strong for his small, tough, and you have very little say in how he takes you down. As a child, he wrestled a bear, which gives you an idea of the mad Russian combat mindset.

Alexander Volkov and Ruslan Magomedov, fearsome knockout artist Mairbek Taisumov, and Bellator championship contender Andrey Koreshkov are among the more promising heavyweight possibilities. Their English may be limited, but when they go into the octagon, you know the Russians are serious about fighting. Strong, tenacious, and ruthless.