Free-agent fighters like Hector Lombard have entered the UFC ring and are earning lots of money--more, in fact, than their reputable, long-term contract counterparts. Women, like Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, have shaken up the scene and are leading MMA away from its identity as strictly a "man's sport." All of this--plus the dwindling of the pay-per-view market--has set up an opportunity for big change in 2013.
Our partners at Cage Potato have highlighted the 6 reasons MMA is going to change forever this year. Whether these changes are for better or for worse is up to you, but the sport and its profits are continuing to grow. MMA will be around for awhile.
If you're not sure how you feel about women in the ring just yet, check out the 25 hottest women in the MMA. The photos are...eye opening.