Saturday, June 07, 2008

MMA goes primetime

After coming on strong among young men in the last several years, the sport of mixed martial arts is headed for a clinch with mainstream pop culture.

This Saturday (5/31), CBS will become the first legacy network to show full matches in prime time. In the wee hours after "Saturday Night Live," NBC is airing a series with fighter profiles and bout footage. Two movies set in the MMA world hit theaters in recent months, including one by acclaimed writer David Mamet, and more are on the way.

But can the brutal sport of chokeholds and sharp elbows truly cross over?

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