Gym Rats: Broward a Training Ground for MMA Stars-to-Be
|Flickr user: Joe Johnston Photography|
|UFC light heavyweight champion fighter, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell.|
One of the few new industries to rise from the smoldering ashes of
our crumbling modern economy is Mixed Martial Arts. It seems that men in touch with their inner caveman make voracious consumers, snatching up everything from iPhone Apps to videogames and, increasingly, gym memberships.
Not even Iceman's switch from the cage to the ballroom has managed to cool off this hot sport.
It's really cooking in South Florida. After all, this is the region that produced the sport's biggest celebrity: Kimbo Slice. That, plus the Coconut Creek headquarters of American Top Team, which has ten training facilities in the tricounty area, have made South Florida a mecca for aspiring pro fighters. This weekend, I had a chat with one of those hulking pilgrims.