Australia is a late comer to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. As the country has one of the largest land mass in the world, it is often easy to forget that the nation is actually very small, with a population of a third of the UK and nearly 14 times smaller than the USA. However, there are a few key reasons why the MMA world needs to pay attention to this modest collection of athletes as Australia cultivates its first generation of cage fighters.
1. Australian Athletes Always Find a Way
Oceania is relatively flat, the highest point in the mainland no more than 2,300 metres above sea level yet it had not stopped many Australians summiting Mount Everest. The snow scene down under is uninspiring at the best of days yet the country presents a decent presence in Winter Olympics. It has one of the highest Olympic medals per capita in the world and considering how unappreciated soccer is here due to the domination of other types of football in the country, the “Socceroos” still qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals for 3 consecutive seasons. Australians swim in water full of sharks and crocodiles and walk bare feet across bushes with the deadliest life forms on the planet. Thus if the boss says, “Jump in the cage and beat the c***p out of the other guy”, the natural respond from an Aussie would be “No worries, mate.”