What is the UFC?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the biggest and best known of mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters. It is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world, broadcasting to 145 countries and in 28 languages. This is the company that put on the biggest, showiest MMA fights and the one that young fighters dream of signing for.
Current well known fighters under the UFC banner include Stefan Struve, whose seven foot tall stature earned him the nickname Skyscraper and Conor Macgregor, the battling Irishman whose boxing super-fight with Floyd Mayweather on August 26th is capturing the imagination of fight fans around the world.
UFC Weight Divisions
Strawweight: up to 115 pounds
Flyweight: over 115 pounds to 125
Bantamweight: over 125 to 135 pounds
Women’s Bantamweight: over 125 to 135 pounds
Featherweight: over 135 to 145 pounds
Lightweight: over 145 to 155 pounds
Welterweight: over 155 to 170 pounds
Middleweight: over 170 to 185 pounds
Light Heavyweight: over 185 to 205 pounds
Heavyweight: over 205 to 265 pounds
Super Heavyweight: over 265 pounds
UFC Rules and Fouls
Although fast gaining popularity, MMA is not at all new. The UFC itself was born in 1993 but the roots of the current MMA discipline go back much further. Brazil’s vale tudo, meaning’ anything goes’ is one example of a full contact, fight style that influenced the development of MMA as we know it today.
The no holds barred, vale tudo has little in the way of rules, to an extent that many of the bloody matches held today are done so underground. In contrast, MMA has many rules including the following long list of fouls.
- Butting with the head
- Eye gouging of any kind
- Spitting at an opponent
- Hair pulling
- Fish hooking
- Groin attacks of any kind
- Putting a finger into any orifice or any cut or laceration of an opponent
- Small joint manipulation
- Striking downward using the point of the elbow
- Striking to the spine or the back of the head
- Kicking to the kidney with a heel
- Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
- Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
- Grabbing the clavicle
- Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
- Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
- Stomping a grounded opponent
- Holding the fence
- Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
- Using abusive language in fenced ring/fighting area
- Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent
- Attacking an opponent on or during the break
- Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
- Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the round
- Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent,
- intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
- Throwing opponent out of ring/fighting area
- Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
- Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck
- Interference by the corner
- Applying any foreign substance to the hair or body to gain an advantage
UFC and The Octagon Cafe
The term ‘cage-fighting’ has brutal historical connotations but the octagonal wire ‘ring’ used in MMA bouts is for the fighters’ own safety says the UFC.
The reason the UFC uses an Octagon instead of a ring is for fighter safety. When competing in a ring, a fighter can fall out or get thrown out. In the Octagon, a fighter may find himself pressed up against the fence, but he won’t fall out.
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