5 UFC Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
While you may think you know all there is to know about the 5 UFC Facts might surprise you and offer some new insight into one of the world’s fastest growing sports organizations.
1) The first two professional UFC fights were held in 1997
The first professional Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event occurred on November 12, 1993. However, it wasn’t until November 12, 1997 when the first two professional bouts were held. These fights saw Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Rickson Gracie defeat Kevin Rosier and sumo wrestler Keith Hackney defeat Zane Frazier. The fight saw a 20-minute time limit and was won by submission or knockout only. No weight classes were used in the competition and all matches were fought barefoot with no gloves or other protective gear.
2) Before that, the sport was known as NHB (no holds barred)
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows for fighting with both striking and grappling techniques. The first instance of MMA dates back to ancient Greece, when wrestling was introduced as a way to prepare athletes for their combat skills. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century in Europe that no-holds-barred fighting began to be publicized as a popular sport under the name of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Catch wrestling would eventually evolve into modern day freestyle wrestling where the participants fought without restrictions on what moves they could use; this became known as NHB or no holds barred fighting.
3) The sport was created by Rorion Gracie and other.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an art that was developed in the early 1900s by a man named Hélio Gracie. He wanted to create a martial art that would help smaller fighters defend themselves against larger opponents. Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting, and has its roots in judo and wrestling. While it’s not for everyone, the unique style of fighting has helped many people learn how to protect themselves (it’s even been used as a form of therapy).
4) In 2013, the Ultimate Fighter TV series started
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show has been a staple of the mixed martial arts world for more than a decade. The TUF reality show started in 2005 and was seen as a way to generate interest in MMA. It helped popularize the sport and make it mainstream, leading to the first-ever live UFC event being aired on network television. Originally, TUF saw 16 fighters enter the house with one fighter emerging victorious at the end of each season. In 2013, however, TUF switched its format to having 32 fighters live together in one house until there is only one winner left standing.
5) Dana White is the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship
Dana White is the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest mixed martial arts promoter company in the world. He became president in 2001 and has been instrumental in making the sport one of the fastest-growing sports around.
1) Dana White’s dad was an amateur boxer and introduced his son to boxing at a young age.
2) In 1989, White moved to Los Angeles and worked as a personal trainer while also moonlighting as a boxing instructor.
3) In 1994, White founded Zuffa LLC with partners Bob Meyrowitz and Art Davie. The company purchased the struggling fighting promotion company UFC for $2 million dollars in 2001.
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