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You might hear people saying it’s better than NBA Finals and Super Bowl. Hard to believe yet true: if you’re into martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events are a must-watch for you.
Launched in 1993, the UFC is now the front-runner in mixed martial arts (MMA), with more than 400 events held so far. It all started as a competition with minimum rules and players employing techniques of different fighting schools. Eventually, the cocktail of combat disciplines in the ring has shaped a unique fighting style – the MMA, having millions of fans worldwide.
The UFC fighters stand out with their fighting style, flair, and aggression – that’s why every encounter in the Octagon brings a fascinating show to spectators. Do not miss a single match – you can watch UFC matches on BT Sports (UK) and Fox Sports Go (U.S.). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream WWE programs from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
Before we dive into details, let’s make it clear what the UFC is and what it is not. The UFC is not a sport as such. The UFC, which stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is a brand that owns a competition for mixed martial arts (MMA). In fact, MMA would not be so popular if not for the UFC events that attract a huge number of spectators both live and online. MMA covers a mix of combat sports styles, such as boxing, kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, Muay Thai, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, and wrestling. Fighters in the UFC compete in ten weight divisions.
Rules. Despite the tagline ‘There are no rules!’ used in the 1990s, the UFC has a set of specific regulations determining what is allowed in the fighting ring. No biting, no eye-gouging, and no groin attacks were the original rules that have formed the general opinion about the UFC events being extremely violent. Since that time, the rules have gone through changes to comply with safety measures required by authorities.
Rounds. In the UFC, the number of rounds varies according to the significance of a match. If it’s a match for a champion’s title, it will have five rounds, and so will non-championship main-event matches. Regular bouts consist of three rounds. In any case, a round lasts no longer than five minutes, with one-minute rest breaks.
Fighting area. Following the unified rules of MMA, a fight must take place in a ring or fenced area, which should be round or have at least six corners. The UFC clashes are held in an eight-cornered cage, officially named the Octagon. ‘The Octagon’ name is protected by a trademark, so it can only be used for the UFC promotion.
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