The UFC is one of the most fascinating organizations, and MMA is one of the most riveting sports. Think you’re a big fan? Test your knowledge, and check out these 13 things you might not know about the UFC and MMA.
When the UFC first began in 1993, there were no weight classes, no real rules, no time limits and no rounds. Can you imagine?
The first UFC fight was supposed to involve alligators. It was also considered to put electric fences around the ring. Thankfully, neither of those situations occurred.
There are nine weight classes ranging from 115-265 pounds.
Strawweight | Up to 115 lbs.
Flyweight | More than 115 lbs. to 125 lbs.
Bantamweight | More than 125 lbs. to 135 lbs.
Featherweight | More than 135 lbs. to 145 lbs.
Lightweight | More than 145 lbs. to 155 lbs.
Welterweight | More than 155 lbs. to 170 lbs.
Middleweight | More than 170 lbs. to 185 lbs.
Light Heavyweight | More than 185 lbs. to 205 lbs.
Heavyweight | More than 205 lbs. to 265 lbs.
Jon Jones was the first MMA fighter to be sponsored by Nike on a global scale.
The UFC belt really is made of gold – or should we say, is gold plated – and, according to Chris Weidman, is priced around $333,000.
Anderson Silva has the longest UFC win streak with 16. Igor Vovchanchyn holds the longest winning streak in MMA history with 32.
Conor McGregor grew up a soccer player. He also began a plumbing apprenticeship at 18.
Dana White was an aerobics instructor prior to becoming president and part owner of the UFC. Please, just take a moment to picture this.
Lyoto Machida drinks urine. Yes, you read that correctly. He said he learned the habit from this father. He claims it has minerals and elements that bind moisture to protein - this is widely disputed, but to each their own!
The first event in UFC history to not have a knockout was “UFC 76: Knockout.” The irony.
Zuffa – the parent company of the UFC – translates to “scuffle” in Italian. How fitting.
UFC Veteran Emmanuel Yarborough is the only fighter to get an MMA win via smother. Nothing like putting your 700-pound self on top of your opponent and using your belly to swallow his head.
MMA is the sport. UFC is the organization. UFC is to MMA what the NFL is to football.
Attend a UFC® Event
Now that you know more about the UFC, attend an event! UFC 197 and UFC 199 are coming up over the next couple of months. Plus, we can’t forget about UFC 200 in July. The fights lined up for these events are absolutely insane, and we can’t wait to watch them. With an Official Ticket Package through UFC VIP Experience, you can attend in style with premium seats, VIP hospitality access, fighter meet and greets and more.