Fight Biz Quote: Kelly Slater

Surfing should be more like the UFC. They’ve done an amazing job turning around the perception of that sport. People don’t think of the UFC as tough guys beating the shit out of one another anymore. They understand how technical it is and that the athletes are good. At our contests, we should have a booth so that surfers can do live interviews for the web when they’re done with heats. We need to build personalities.

–Pro Surfing Legend Kelly Slater, talking to ESPN the Magazine. The UFC has made the leap from alternative sport to one that has made major in roads to becoming on par with the big four sports. Slater puts forth the sentiment that other fringe sports can take a page from the UFC in changing perceptions.

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