The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed marital arts organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament features martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the champion. UFC matches vary depending on whether the match is for a Championship title, or is a fight card’s “main event” fight. In all fights, each round can be no longer than five minutes. Championship fights last for a maximum of 5 rounds. Else it is 3 rounds.
The UFC stages the fight in an eight-sided enclosure officially named “The Octagon”.
All competitors fight in approved shorts, without shoes. Tops are only for female competitors. Required safety equipmentincludese padded gloves, mouthguard, and protective cups held in place with a jockstrap for males. The open-fingered gloves have at least 1″ of padding around the knuckles. To ensure compliance, fighters are checked by a State Athletic Committee official before being allowed to enter the cage/ring. The scoring system is an ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points while the loser receives nine points or fewer.
The UFC was originally started by Art Davie and Rorion Gracie. Royce Gracie, the brother of UFC founder Rorion Gracie, was hand-picked to represent his family. And he made the family proud by winning 3 of the first 4 events.
The first event was held in 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions was to identify the most effective martial art in a contest with minimal rules between competitors of different fighting disciplines like boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sambo, wrestling, Muay Thai, karate, judo, and other styles.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the undisputed world champion when it comes to mixed martial arts promotion, producing more than 40 live events annually worldwide. MMA embodies disciplines from different martial arts and Olympic combat sports, like boxing, kick-boxing, karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and muay thai. During the infancy of UFC, the brutality of its early rules drew a lot of attention along with criticism that led to ban and cable network cancellation. UFC became popular under Zuffa LLC with new rules inside the octagon cage, sanctioned by Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2001, bounced back to pay-per-view television and continue to grow in the digital age of internet and social media.
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