It’s almost 2020 and we are still waiting for a MMA athlete to appear on Sesame Street.
Sesame Street, the legendary children’s educational show, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in November.
The show is not the educational powerhouse it once was since it was moved from PBS to HBO in 2016, yet it remains a global stalwart of children’s programming,
According to its Wikipedia page, as of 2018, it was estimated that 86 million Americans watched the show as children. It has also racked up 189 Emmys, and 11 Grammy awards over the years, which is more than any other children’s show.
There have been many guest stars, from many walks of life. Except MMA.
That’s zero, zero, zero MMA athletes appearing – ha, ha, ha – for fans of The Count.
In the past, I have argued that Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey, and Miesha Tate were the UFC’s best hopes to break through with an appearance. They are now currently retired, but they remain some of MMA’s best hopes to appear at some point.
The UFC and ONE Championship have since focused on global operations. Both companies have successfully expanded their reach, with the UFC holding more shows in Asia and abroad, and ONE looking to host their first North American show in 2020.
And these operations have produced even more potential ambassadors.
Amanda Nunes, Zhang Weili, Henry Cejudo, Valentina Shevchenko, a kinder, gentler Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov (what a statement to bring those two on together), and Bellator’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane immediately come to mind.
Angela and Christian Lee (bring them on together), Brandon Vera, Sage and Colbey Northcutt, Demetrious Johnson, and Stamp Fairtex are all worthy choices as well.
A segment with The Count and Michael Bisping would be priceless, as an honourable mention.
Who will be the first? In that case, there can be only one.
If the main MMA organizations – primarily the UFC, ONE Championship, and Bellator – are interested in introducing their athletes to a new generation of children in a positive way that fosters integrity, understanding, and education, then children’s programming is the direction they need to incorporate into their mandate.
Can someone please tell them how to get to Sesame Street?