Thu Aug 30 07:37pm EDT
This month, we welcome three new members to the Y! Sports MMA Top 10 poll: Josh Gross of Sherdog.com, Ken Pishna of MMAWeekly.com, and Pramit Mohapatra of The Baltimore Sun.
No offense to Pramit here, but bringing aboard writers affiliated with Sherdog and MMAWeekly in particular lends a lot of credibility to the poll.
Long before a few reporters finally got it through the thick skulls of dense, old-school newspaper editors that MMA is a legitimate sport worthy of coverage, sites like Sherdog and MMA Weekly were the MMA sites of record. Reporters like Josh and Ken carried the torch when the mainstream wouldn’t touch MMA.
With these additions, the poll now features representation from most of the major Web sites which cover MMA, cutting across corporate lines: Yahoo! Sports, CBSSports.com (Sam Caplan), ESPN.com (Sherdog), and FOXSports.com (Dave Meltzer). We will be looking to add a few more writers over coming months.
This month’s panel, with links to their Web sites:
*Carlos Arias is a veteran boxing and MMA writer for the Orange County Register.
*Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press is Canada's leading MMA reporter.
*Dave Doyle is the MMA/Boxing producer for Yahoo! Sports.
*Josh Gross is the editor for Sherdog.com.
*Loretta Hunt covers MMA for The Fight Network.
*Kevin Iole is the lead MMA/Boxing writer for Yahoo! Sports.
*Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the dean of MMA journalists, has covered the sport since UFC 1 in 1993.
*Pramit Mohapatra covers mixed martial arts for The Baltimore Sun.
*Ken Pishna is the editor for MMAWeekly.com.
*Steve Sievert covers MMA for The Houston Chronicle.