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3 MMA Fighters Among Top 10 Most Searched Athletes of 2013 on Yahoo

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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:

1.Tim Tebow
2.Tiger Woods
3.Danica Patrick
4.Lindsey Vonn
5.Ronda Rousey
6.Lamar Odom
7.Tito Ortiz
8.Serena Williams
9.Maria Sharapova
10.Gina Carano

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.