Podcast: UFC Programmer Campbell McLaren Joins 'Rewind'
As the 20th anniversary of UFC 1 approaches, it's tempting to
resort to broad strokes in explaining how mixed martial arts got to
the point it's at today.
There are ample dumbed-down narratives of what it was like as the
early fights played out, what motivated the people who impacted the
sport's fortunes, and what the turning points were for the
organization. But bore down on any one of those points, and you'll
find a reservoir of stories, lessons, and revelations that, taken
as a whole, is a story so rich that it almost can't be told in a
Sunday on the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind," host Jack Encarnacao
welcomes the UFC's very first programmer, Campbell McLaren, into
the "Sitdown" segment for a detailed look at what was in the air
the night in 1993 that Royce Gracie,
Shamrock, and a host of others ushered in a cultural and sports
phenomenon. For two hours, McLaren paints vivid pictures of the
formative days of the UFC, and does not mince words in explaining
the challenges along the way.
Perhaps nowhere else will you find a more focused, yet far-reaching
oral history of the UFC's beginnings than the Sitdown with Campbell
McLaren, available for podcast download here.
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