Many cities claim to be the best for combat sports, but which has the right to be called the best, and arguably most important, fight city in the world?
What makes a city great for combat sports and fights? Is it an electric atmosphere and capacity crowds? Is it the intensity of each fight, with the warriors inside the ring or cage giving it their all each bout? Is it about the moments? Is it about the events themselves in a historical context? Is it the fighters from the area or the camps located there?
From Madison Square Garden to the Staples Center, from the T-Mobile Arena to the Saitama Super Arena, everywhere one turns their head, a city and its venues have their moments and historical events to promote and lay claim to being the best place for fights to take place. Heck, some even claim what makes them great is the fighters who come from there or the gyms and camps located there that can produce future talent.
There have been a few points over the past 100 years where boxing was considered threatened, or perhaps dead. In the late 1990s, the futures of the UFC and MMA looked bleak in America, and it stayed such a way until the mid-2000s. But compare all that to now, where fight card broadcasts seemed to be happening somewhere in the world every weekend. And with streaming services such as ESPN+, DAZN and UFC Fight Pass, fight fans are quite spoiled.
And what that means for the cities and arenas is with each new event hosted, there brings an opportunity to put on a show and stake the claim of being the best place for such fights to take place.
But which 10 places can be considered premier destinations for fight events? And which one city can lay claim as to being the premier fight destination on the planet?