Author Matthew Polly has spent two years traversing the globe learning mixed martial arts from the best trainers. As he spoke with trainers and fighters he learned how the sport evolved from "human cockfighting" to one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The world of Mixed Martial Arts spans the globe. Hundreds of fighters from countries like Brazil, Japan, England and many more all compete for a chance for a chance to one day end up under the bright lights of the sport's biggest promotion, Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship. Now, a new crop of fighters has popped up just across the border in the Southwest in Tijuana, Mexico. Many of the fighters commute to Tijuana from San Diego, CA to train at gyms that are more affordable but also offer highly skilled coaches. So how many of those fighters will end up in Las Vegas? Fronteras project reporter, Ruxandra Guidi recently visited one gym in Tijuana and she joins us to discuss how young Mexican fighters are looking to make it big in Las Vegas.