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What a day for mixed martial arts and what a day for its biggest star, Ronda Rousey, who, in addition to showing up in god knows how many other publications this morning, two days before her big fight with Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia, was the feature subject in stories published by The USA Today, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone. What a shift in perception the sport has gone though in just the last few years, a shift created entirely by Rousey’s arrival in the UFC in 2013. It wasn’t that long ago that the thought of any of those publications, much less all of them at the same time, running a story about MMA that wasn’t a hit piece or a mournful editorial about the collapse of civilization would have been considered laughable. Add in a friendly profile in Reader’s Digest and some photos of Rousey at the beach in US Weekly andmixed martial arts will have officially crept its way into every living room and waiting room in America. At long last.
But it’s not just the type of publication that’s remarkable, or even the abundance of them; it’s the subject matter. A few ….View original article