10 Celebrities who are huge MMA fans
From being derided as "human cockfighting" and banned in many places to having more than 300 million people around the globe under its spell, calling MMA a Cinderella story is an understatement.
Just like Der Fuhrer Dana White says, the universal appeal of mixed martial arts is undeniable - fighting isn't restricted by language, skin colour or borders. And its soaring growth has persuaded many elite competitors from other combat sports like kickboxing, wrestling and boxing, to jump ship.
Mixed martial arts has a bit of everything for everyone - bright lights, entrance songs and charismatic fighters for those who enjoy showmanship, ripped physiques that'll stop the ladies in their tracks and infinitesimal techniques that'll leave even geeks with their eyebrows raised. So it's no surprise to see a few famous faces at an MMA event. Stars have long been snapped at boxing spectacles, but as evidenced by many UFC events, they enjoy MMA just as much. That says a lot about a sport that's only 25 years old.
Here are 10 celebrities who are passionate mixed martial arts fans:
10. Robert Downey Jr.
If someone as phenomenally talented as Robert Downey Jr. thinks MMA is important enough to make time and buy tickets to attend, the sport must be getting it right. The man who played Charlie Chaplin, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes was cageside for UFC 120 and was clicked jumping out of his seat when Carlos Condit knocked out Dan Hardy.
And Downey's butt-kicking skills aren't restricted to the screen - he started training Wing Chun in 2005. That's the parent martial art of Jeet Kune Do, which was developed by none other than Bruce Lee.