Lew Polley—Seeking Greatness
By Dave Mikle
A multi-sport star in high-school and life-long wrestler, the move into mixed martial arts was a natural progression for Lew Polley. A fierce competitor who “hates losing more than I like winning,” Polley’s accomplishments to date are merely “preparation for a future highlight.” Dropping down to middleweight for the first time in his career, Polley envisions himself as top 5 in the division within 3 years. As for what he wants to accomplish in his mixed martial arts career, Polley aims to have an umbrella of business under his fighting brand, and hopes to be remembered in the same light as the great Muhammad Ali. Explained Polley, “I want to have a great legacy but I want my legacy to pale in comparison to the mention of my integrity and fighting spirit.”
Mixed Martial Arts: The Balance Between Sport and Combat Entertainment
By Drew Young
In sport, excellence is determined by the results of competition, and the primary emphasis is on winning. As a sport, the preeminent goal of a mixed martial artist should also be winning. Prize fighting, however, can have unusual and competing incentives. The pressure to increase marketability and earnings potential influences athletes and promoters to choose more “entertaining” styles and strategies. Likewise, in addition to the pressure to present marketable personas and fighting styles, the bonus structure of major promotions also serves to exert pressure on the athletes competing.
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