Since the day the UFC started back in 1993, it has continuously grown in popularity. Now, with over 500 live events, the UFC has become the largest MMA promotion company in the world.
It signs some of the high-level fighters in the sport with fit match up fights giving the fans pure excitement.
The UFC itself suggests that:
‘As a company, we extend our “We Are All Fighters” brand maxim well beyond the Octagon. We bring that fighting spirit to our CSR initiatives as we seek to build a lasting legacy – both in UFC’s home city of Las Vegas, and in every community we touch around the world.
It takes courage to step into the Octagon, and it takes courage to stand for your convictions. UFC’s CSR program is anchored by three pillars that define what we fight for: Overcoming Adversity, Equality & Public Service ‘
What is the UFC?
Standing for the ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship, the UFC is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company. It is one of the largest MMA promotions in the world and in 2020 alone, the UFC held over 500 events. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the UFC is a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
EA Sports suggests that:
‘The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization in the world. The UFC showcases the best international fighters using a variety of martial arts styles and disciplines.’
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So, how did the UFC become so popular?
In short, they simply give the MMA fans the fights they want. However, it hasn’t always been a polished production to what we have today. In the prior days of the UFC, it really was a case of styles made fights, as different disciplines would come face to face to see which martial art was the best fighting style.
The only rules applied were no biting, no eye gouging and no groin shots, so pretty much anything went.
However, nearly three decades on, MMA and the UFC have developed and have formed its own style of fighting. Fighters learned that certain martial arts were better for elements in MMA and merging to form their own style.
Muay Thai for all round stand up striking, throw in some Dutch style kickboxing for the slick movement and boxing to perfect those lightning punches. For the ground game, wrestling to throw your opponent down and Jiu-jitsu to finish the fight with a deadly choke.
Today, they regularly suggest that MMA is the most popular combat sport in the world and the UFC is the leading promotion. It has become so popular for the combat sports fans as they run consistently and make the biggest fights happen.
What are the Different Weight Divisions in the UFC?
The UFC produces events worldwide that showcase twelve weight divisions (eight men’s divisions and four women’s divisions) and abides by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. Dana White has been UFC president since 2001.
Under White’s stewardship, the UFC has grown into a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
How Long Does a UFC Fight Last?
On average, a UFC fight lasts approximately 154 minutes (three five-minute rounds). However, title fights are slightly longer and last approximately 25 minutes (five five-minute rounds).
At any time, a referee can stop a fight if the fighter taps out, is knocked out, or is no longer intelligently defending themselves.
In 2012, the UFC signed its first female fighter, Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. She won her MMA debut for King of the Cage before going to Strikeforce. The fighter is part of UFC history as she took part in the first female fight against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. She is now the first female fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Since then, the UFC purchased the contracts of 11 female fighters from Invicta Fighting Championships.
How to Become a UFC Fighter?
There are quite a few different ways to become a UFC fighter, such as:
- Building a training system: this is to ensure that you are strong and well-equipped to become a fighter.
- Local Fight Leagues: As the UFC only accepts fighters who are proven to show their skills, starting at local level leagues is the best way to move your way up to the top.
- Moving Forward: After you have moved your way up in the local leagues, the best way to be noticed by the UFC is to schedule a higher-risk fight. This will help provide you with a positive record of high-caliber fighters.
- read your Contracts: Make sure before you sign anything, to read your contracts thoroughly. This will help you to not be legally bound to the leagues and you can move around freely.
- Self Promote: A bit of self promotion can really help you get noticed by the UFC. Even if you’re a great fighter, the UFC needs something to help you stand out from the crowd, the best way to do this is via self promotion.
- Join the Ultimate Fighter Reality Show: This can really help you get noticed by the UIFC. However, candidates must win three professional fights outside of the UFC for consideration.
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Recent UFC Events
The UFC has many upcoming events which can be found here.
In the recent past, the UFC have featured fights like:
- JUNG VS IGE
- ADESANYA VS VETTORI
- ROZENSTRUIK VS SAKAI
- FONT VS GARBRANDT
- OLIVEIRA VS CHANDLER
- And so many more.
These past events can be accessed via recaps here.
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