2013 has been a landmark year for MMA as the sport’s biggest promotion, the UFC, soars to new heights, including women’s PPV main events; while smaller companies such as World Series of Fighting and Bellator MMA enjoyed commercial success as well.
To show for this growth, in what will be considered a pivotal year in the sport’s history, comes the Yahoo list of the most searched athletes of the year, which features three MMA fighters:
Ronda Rousey is no surprise on that list, recently becoming the most polarizing figure in MMA. For Gina Carano, a budding film career mixed with hints of her return are most likely what landed her a spot. The only male MMA fighter to make the list did so for breaking his neck, botching the first attempt for Bellator MMA to make a run in the PPV market.
These three fighters share the list with a list of very notable names from the world of sports.