Does MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Anderson Silva ring any bells? If so, I tip my hat to you fellow UFC fan! If not, IT’S OKAY. These are all terms and names related to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The sport has recently seen an explosion of interest worldwide, as UFC programming is now shown in over 150 countries in 22 different languages. (UFC Tickets are kind of a big deal!)
While the sport is becoming popular in the U.S. some folks are still just catching on, so to catch you fervent new fans up to speed we have 6 facts to make you sound like a long-time UFC fan. Read and memorize, and you’ll sound like a seasoned fan. Let’s go!
6 Facts To Make You Sound Like a Seasoned UFC Fan
AKA mixed martial arts, is a variety of fighting styles that the UFC participants train in and use during matches. It combines effective techniques from Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, Boxing, Karate and other styles. Unlike most other types of combat sports, it allows striking and grappling. This unique style of combat is what makes a UFC ticket such a one of a kind experience.
2. Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock
Their rivalry and individual accomplishments within the sport are famed amongst UFC fans. Both are also Hall of Fame inductees, know their names and some of their accomplishments and you’ll sound like a longtime fan!
BONUS: Gracie was the first UFC champion with his victory in UFC 1 in 1993!
3. Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture
It’s likely you may know these names already. They have helped the sport gain much of its mainstream popularity due to their fight styles and domination while active. They are also both known now for various movie roles and other non-UFC related projects. Liddell has made cameos in Entourage, The Simpsons and other major tv shows and movies, while Couture has played roles in The Expendables, The Expendables 2 and other predominantly action flicks.
AKA The Ultimate Fighter. This reality TV show pits MMA fighters against one another to win a prized UFC contract. The prospective fighters are coached by current UFC fighters who usually take part in a coaches’ fight—one of the many exciting aspects of the show. Many winners of the show have gone on to compete in the UFC, with several becoming UFC champions. Getting a UFC ticket can get you a front row seat to see your favorites from the show!
Bonus: TUF 18 was the first time in the series that women served as both coaches and contestants.
5. Current Champions
If you want to sound like an UFC fan-expert you need to know who’s on top of the sport. (Not knowing would be like a confessed football fanatic not knowing who won the Super Bowl the year before.) Here goes:
Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez
Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones (fought and defended his title last at UFC® 172!)
Middleweight: Chris Weidman
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis
Featherweight: Jose Aldo
Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw (defeated Renan Barao at UFC® 173)
Flyweight: Demetrius Johnson (title on the line at UFC® 174)
UFC Women’s Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey (title on the line at UFC® 175)
6. How to Determine Who Wins
Unlike many other sports where a winner is determined in just one way, with UFC there are several ways to win a match:
Submission: When someone taps out, verbally submits or communicates pain in such a manner that the referee stops the fight.
Technical submission: Occurs when someone passes out or is close to injury from a hold.
Knock out: If a fighter becomes unconscious
Technical Knockout: If a fighter cannot continue
Judges Decision: This is based on scoring from the various rounds.
Disqualification: If an illegal move is used
Forfeit: Failure to compete, or intentional and premature ending of a match not due to injury.
No Contest: There are several ways to rule ‘no contest’, stay tuned for an official breakdown of the rules and match outcome explanation.
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