Beyond American football, baseball, soccer, and basketball, other sports unpredictably stand their ground in the USA. Some of these sports command record television viewership and offer extraordinary thrills to fans. Below are some surprisingly popular games.
Mixed Martial Arts
From being an underground sport, MMA has slowly emerged and got recognition in the mainstream media. Martial Art is among the fastest-growing sports in the United States thanks to the launch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). UFC fight nights and main events now command record pay per view numbers, surpassing even household sports. With international stars such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and local heroes like Jon Jones gracing the octagon, MMA will continue attracting attention.
Initially perceived as a pastime sport for the elite, golf has risen to be a favorite sport for the average American. Tiger Woods will be the name forever associated with bringing the sport to the top. Although he was besieged by scandals and controversies, Woods’s talent was the inspiration to many novice golfers. Nowadays, a host of stars have emerged, ensuring that golf is as competitive as ever. Follow the PGA tour, and you’re guaranteed to find American athletes among the top.
Boxing has been part of the American culture for decades. The era of Mohammed Ali’s dominance only strengthened the love of the sport. His unbeatable demeanor still inspires many American boxers. He wasn’t the only great boxer from America’s production line. Other boxing icons include Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya, to name a few.
From Indianapolis 500 to NASCAR, Americans have been obsessed with the adrenaline rush. It has always been more love of the machines and the need for speed. The popularity of motorsport has, however, been limited to local competitions. Events such as F1 and MotoGP do not command significant viewership.