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Poll: Can Africa Produce MMA?

Christian M'Pumba trains out of a gym in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least, this is what was announced prior to his fight at Bellator 110. Internet searches contradict this. M'Pumba resides in France, and may train there. Consider that M'Pumba was once the Bellator Light Heavyweight champ. If M'Pumba really is training in the Congo, mma may take root in Africa. With a population of over one billion, the African continent has more people than North and South America combined. It is second only to Asia in terms of population. Sokodjou, Prangley, Musoke, Spong, Badr Hari, Bonjasky, the list of African descendant fighters is impressive. They come from places like Suriname, South Africa, the Congo and Morocco. What they all share in common is their immigration to Europe and North America to hone their skills. Many parts of Africa, such as the Congo, seem underdeveloped and too chaotic to produce mma stars. Western Africa is in a state of rapid development that may one day produce combat sports athletes. South Africa already has mma in the Extreme Fighting Championships promotion. How long will it be before this continent produces homegrown talent? Asian, European and American cultures have had a long history of experimenting with different fighting styles such as Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. Can African nations adopt global fighting styles? Is there a market for mma in Africa? Can promotions make money there? Yes, I know this seems like too many questions. Let's learn to enjoy these questions. What will the world look like in 50 years?

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