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Video Tribute: MMA’s Growing Influence On Stand-Up Comedy


(Video courtesy of YouTube/JoeRoganDotNet)

One way of gauging the mainstream popularity of pretty much anything is the growing influence it has on stand-up comedy. Case in point, the next few weeks we’ll likely see an influx of Casey Anthony jokes like we did Rep. Anthony Weiner ones the past month. If you watch much stand-up comedy, you’ll notice that more and more comedians (besides Joe Rogan) are mentioning MMA and the UFC in their routines.

That’s a pretty good indication that the sport has stepped out of the “fringe” category and into the mainstream. I can’t help but get excited every time I hear a comedian mention MMA, even if they call it, “Ultimate Fighting” and wrongly describe it as “no-holds-barred fighting.” Exposure is exposure and it means MMA is relevant in society.

Check out some of our other favorite MMA-related bits below.


(Video courtesy of YouTube/Mclhea)

How many times have you had this very conversation with your buddies? I’m sure the first time someone picked a fight on the streets of Fortaleza with Anderson Silva, they soon regretted the decision.


(Video courtesy of YouTube/ComedyTimeDir)

Take away the bit about MMA having “no rules” and him planning to bring a sword into the cage and you have sweaty fat guy hilarity.


(Video courtesy of YouTube/normakaz)

Even guys who train wrestling and BJJ think of it this way. There’s nothing worse than rolling for an hour only to get caught in a sweat-soaked triangle.


(Video courtesy of YouTube/mmadigest)

Ok, this one isn’t a bit, but how cool is it that Russell Peters is a UFC fan, that he used to train with Carlos Newton and that he started following the UFC in 1991 — two years before it was created?

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Sagiemonster52- July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm
@Morningwood Someone listens to Joe Rogan's Podcast :D
LET IT RAIN- July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm
case in point fart smella
Morningwood- July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm
the guy in rogan's video was being cunty.
knucklesamitch- July 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm
@jgrant
I snapped her arm an hour ago she didn't tap out...I have her signed up for a UFC fight this weekend!

@ArmFarmer,
Saw that Swardson special, they show Tiki in the crowd also, he's wearing the same t-shirt as Swardson.
ArmFarmer- July 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I was watching Nick Swardson's stand up on netflix. I think it's called "who farted". Anyway, he did some mma jokes in his routine which I thought was cool for the same reasons. It shows it's becoming more mainstream. What really surprised me though was that at the end of the show it showed him leaving with Tiki. I guess they are friends.
ExpectJesusBro- July 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm
You guys are losing me here... between youtube videos i can't see and now this stupid captcha thing it's becoming a real pain in my ass to read (and comment) on this site.
jgrant- July 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm
I remember a few years ago, Daniel Tosh made references to Royce Gracie and setting up cage-fights in a joke about a kid that couldn't register pain.
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