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Should MMA be a sport in the Winter Olympic Games?

According to a Feb. 4 report from ABC News, there are several bizarre sports included in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

MMA is not a sport in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
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From Curling to Skijoring, it's clear the 2014 Winter Olympics will feature plenty of strange sports that baffle most Americans.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will showcase 15 unique sports, but unfortunately it will be another Olympic Games without the sport of MMA.

Should MMA be an Olympic sport? That all depends who you ask, but it's clear that the time is now to start thinking about it.

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is a former Olympian, and her UFC 170 opponent, Sara McMann, also earned a medal during a recent Olympic Games.

Some of the top MMA stars in the world come from Olympic backgrounds, as Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson both competed in Olympic wrestling.

While many of the top MMA standouts are former Olympians, what really qualifies MMA as an Olympic sport is the fact that it is international.

MMA is just as popular in Brazil and Japan as it is in spots such as the United States and Australia.

Logistically, one of the issues preventing MMA from becoming an Olympic sport is the fact that it would be difficult to make a fighter duke it out three or four times over a three-week span.

However, it could work if MMA followed the same format as Olympic Boxing.

For Olympic Boxing, two semifinalists fight for the gold medal. Whoever loses receives the silver medal.

Another set of losing semifinalists fight for a bronze medal. It's set up as a single-elimination tournament, so no fighters take extensive damage over the course of a single Olympic Games.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi features 15 sports and 98 medal events, but none showcasing MMA.

Should MMA be an Olympic sport? Let us know in the comments or tweet the author, @EricHolden.

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