Wikipedia:WikiProject Mixed martial arts/MMA notability

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MMA notability, also known as WP:MMANOT, is an essay to give some guidance on points to consider when discussing the notability of the subjects of mixed martial arts (MMA) articles. It is a specific supplement to the overall policy of Wikipedia:Notability relating to mixed martial arts and in no way supersedes it.

These guidelines were created by WikiProject Mixed martial arts to help assess the notability of the subjects of articles. Feel free to discuss improvements on the project talk page or the discussion area for this page (WT:MMANOT).

General points[edit]

Reliable sourcing is the most important factor. Assertions of notability must be sourced from somewhere other than the individual or organization under discussion (see secondary sources); if referencing a title, the organization which sanctioned the event would be the first stop; if the subject of an article is an author, the publisher or ISBN of the subject's work should be given. A lack of any sources after looking around is a warning sign that an article may not be notable enough for inclusion.

Google and other search engines are a useful tool for finding sources, and may sometimes be persuasive (very high or very low result counts), but is not proof of whether or not something is notable (see WP:Google test). Using quotes around the search ("mixed martial art fighter") will look for only exact matches and using -Wikipedia at the end will remove self references.

Organizations[edit]

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The methodology used to establish the list of notable organizations is given in the section listing notable organizations.

Criteria supporting notability

  1. Subject of multiple independent articles/documentaries--articles should be from national or international media, not just local coverage.
  2. Promotes a large number of events annually--the more fights it has sanctioned, the more notable.
  3. Has actively been in business for several years - the longer the organization has been around, the more notable.
  4. Large number of well-known and highly ranked fighters.

Criteria supporting deletion

  1. Has only promoted a single event.
  2. Short history as an organization.
  3. Few notable fighters fight in their events.
  4. Fights are no-holds-barred, or rules are much less restrictive than the unified rules of martial arts
  5. Promoted fights are not licensed by state or regional governing bodies.

Fighters[edit]

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Amateur MMA fighters are not considered notable (unless they can pass WP:GNG under other criteria).

Criteria supporting notability

  1. Subject of multiple independent articles/documentaries--articles should be from national or international media, not just local coverage or press releases from organizations
  2. Fought for the highest title of a top tier MMA organization
  3. Fought at least three (3) fights for top tier MMA organizations

Criteria supporting deletion

  1. Only amateur bouts
  2. Few fights for notable organizations

Individual Events[edit]

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Individual events are not inherently considered notable because, on the whole, the coverage they receive is routine in nature (consisting of the event announcement, who is going to take part, and the results). To be considered for a standalone article, the article will need to demonstrate the event's lasting effect using references from reliable and diverse sources that are both independent of the subject and show that the duration of coverage lasted beyond the end of the event. Should an event be evaluated as lacking in individual notability, alternatives to deletion (such as merging) should be preferred over outright deletion in accordance with WP:PRESERVE.

Current list of notable MMA organizations and promotions[edit]

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MEN

This list is subject to change as organizations grow, merge, or go out of business. Changes in this list should be made by consensus after discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Mixed martial arts/MMA notability. The list is divided into two tiers. The top tier is the highest level. The organizations in this list were determined by looking at independent world rankings of MMA fighters in June, 2010. Active organizations with multiple fighters ranked in the top 10 in any of the 8 weight classes were placed in the top tier. Defunct and other active organizations were placed based on consensus agreement.

WOMEN

This list is subject to change as organizations grow, merge, or go out of business. Changes in this list should be made by consensus after discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Mixed martial arts/MMA notability. The list is divided into two tiers. The top tier is the highest level. The organizations in this list were determined by looking at the Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts world rankings of female MMA fighters in October, 2012. Active organizations with at least three fighters ranked in the top 5 (regardless of weight class) were placed in the top tier. Organizations with two fighters ranked in the top 5 were placed in the second tier.

Top Tier - Active
Promotion Men Women First Event Most Recent Event Total Events Source
Bellator Fighting Championships X X April 3, 2009 April 18, 2014 117 Sherdog
Invicta Fighting Championships X April 28, 2012 December 7, 2013 7 Sherdog
Shooto (Japan only and only through 2011) X May 18, 1989 November 9, 2013 373 Sherdog
Ultimate Fighting Championship X X November 12, 1993 December 14, 2013 256 Sherdog
Top Tier - Defunct
Promotion Men Women First Event Most Recent Event Total Events Source
Affliction Entertainment X July 19, 2008 January 24, 2009 2 Sherdog
Dream (mixed martial arts) X March 15, 2008 December 31, 2012 20 Sherdog
Fighting Network Rings (events held between 1995 and 2002)
(Japan, Holland, USA and Russia only)
X January 25, 1995 June 9, 2013 126 (64 notable) Sherdog
Jewels (mixed martial arts) (title bouts and tournament winners only) X November 16, 2008 May 25, 2013 23 Sherdog
Pride Fighting Championships X October 11, 1997 April 8, 2007 69 Sherdog
Strikeforce X X May 31, 1997 January 12, 2013 63 Sherdog
World Extreme Cagefighting X June 30, 2001 December 16, 2010 53 Sherdog
World Victory Road X March 5, 2008 December 30, 2010 19 Sherdog
Second Tier - Active
Promotion Men Women First Event Most Recent Event Total Events Source
BAMMA X June 27, 2009 September 14, 2013 11 Sherdog
Cage Warriors X X July 27, 2002 October 5, 2013 57 Sherdog
Deep (mixed martial arts) X X January 8, 2001 May 18, 2013 188 Sherdog
Jungle Fight X September 13, 2003 November 15, 2012 45 Sherdog
King of the Cage X X October 30, 1999 November 16, 2012 294 Sherdog
Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki X X February 27, 2004 September 28, 2013 27 Sherdog
Maximum Fighting Championship X March 3, 2001 October 4, 2013 38 Sherdog
M-1 Global X November 1, 1997 May 23, 2013 154 Sherdog
ONE Fighting Championship X X September 3, 2011 September 13, 2013 14 Sherdog
Pancrase X X September 21, 1993 December 8, 2013 266 Sherdog
Shark Fights X October 24, 2008 November 11, 2011 21 Sherdog
Tachi Palace Fights X July 16, 2009 August 22, 2013 16 Sherdog
Ultimate Challenge MMA X X December 6, 2008 December 7, 2013 33 Sherdog
Universal Reality Combat Championship X November 23, 2002 April 27, 2013 44 Sherdog
World Series of Fighting X X November 3, 2012 August 9, 2014 16 Sherdog
Second Tier - Defunct
Promotion Men Women First Event Most Recent Event Total Events Source
Cage Rage Championships X X September 7, 2004 November 1, 2008 42 Sherdog
Elite Xtreme Combat X X February 10, 2007 November 8, 2008 17 Sherdog
Palace Fighting Championship X January 18, 2007 May 8, 2009 19 Sherdog
Last Updated - December 12, 2013