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New, unique Owl Radio show features mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts has become much more than a fad at Florida Atlantic University, and Owl Radio is going to be the voice to bring it to the students.

Mixed martial arts has grown to be a more popular sport than boxing and wrestling. The number of followers has grown each year, and some experts believe that it eventually will become part of the Olympics.

The show airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. and can be heard nationally on the internet via www.owlradio.fau.edu.

"We have listeners that go as far as China," said Scott Hand, Owl Radio's program director.

Mixed martial arts has been around since 1993, when Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded. MMA is a full contact sport in which combatants use a variety of grapples and striking techniques to beat their opponents.

"I want to create an awareness about MMA," Hand said. "It brings a type of diversity to the radio station that no other sport can offer."

The show will feature discussions on rumored fights and predictions about upcoming events.

"The more people reached on and off campus the better," Hand said.

Interviews on the show will include fighters from some of the most-recognized and respected training facilities in the sport.

“The goal for me is to get the average sports fan interested in something they may not know about or have an interest in,” said Matt Cutler, host of the new MMA show Ground and Pound.

“The sport is so unpredictable, and the underdog always has a chance to win — which always makes good talk radio,” he said.




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