The Rise of the UFC

 

The Rise of the UFCUFC or Ultimate Fight Championships has become one of the most popular sporting organizations in the world.  Today it stands as the biggest association of mixed martial artists with billions of dollars on the line.  When championship fights happen millions of viewers order Pay Per View and the matchups are seen by millions around the world.

The Cage Match

UFC combines an array of martial arts from wrestling to boxing to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with combatants fighting in a steel cage.  The UFC has realism that’s lacking in professional wrestling and there’s more blood than there is in boxing.  UFC fighters are broken up into weight classes much like boxing and each weight class has their own championship.  Fights take place in a fenced in octagon and there are very few rules.  Fighters spend years training before they are ready to step into the octagon.  They hone their skills while watching countless hours of video of their opponents looking for weaknesses.  Championship fights draw incredibly huge audiences and even more watching at home.  Here is a look at a championship match so you have an idea.koffiekopjes

The TV Show

Way back in 2005 a tv show hit the airwaves on Spike called “The Ultimate Fighter” and the show was put together to show fans exactly what it takes to compete in the octagon.  Between the tv show and the growing popularity of mixed martial arts the UFC would grow into this massive organization with fans and followers all over the world.

The Fighters

Over the years the UFC has had some amazing fighters with huge fan bases of their own.  Not only do these guys work tremendously hard to become elite athletes some of them have made massive fortunes doing so.  Fighters like George St Pierre, Chuck Lidell and more recently Conor McGregor  have earned more than eight figures during their career.  The fights have only 3 rules, no biting, no hitting in the back of the head and no eye gouging.  The raw display of combat and athleticism is one of the reasons the sport is so insanely popular.

The UFC claims to have some of the best fighters in the world and if their level of popularity is anything to go by then they may be right.  Championship fights happen a couple of times each year and draws massive crowds.  At this rate of growth it shouldn’t take long before they rival the NFL or NBA in terms of revenue.

Most Popular Fighting Styles in the UFC

Most Popular Fighting Styles in the UFC

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When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts competitions the UFC sits as the reigning champ.  The UFC was initially put together to pit different martial arts styles against one another to prove which is the best.  The UFC has been instrumental in taking the sport of mixed martial arts and bringing it to the mainstream.  Pay Per View events and championship fights draw in millions of viewers across the world and these athletes are among the best paid in the world.

Which Style is Best?

The debate as to which style is best has been going on for years but with the growing popularity of UFC many professional fighters study several styles and mixed martial arts has become a style of its own.  If you watch an MMA fight you will see competitors using both stand up and ground fighting to win their match.  This has changed the match from one style versus another to one competitor versus another.  There are exceptions, for example high profile fights like Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor which put an MMA fight up against a boxer.  That fight was less about fighting styles and more about the personalities and money and not indicative of one style being better than another.

Most Popular Fighting Styles

Whether you prefer one style over another there are a handful of fighting styles that you see fairly often in both MMA and UFC matches.  These fighting styles have proven effective again and again.  Let’s take a look at some of the more popular fighting styles that you can expect to see in an MMA fight.

  1. Boxing: When you watch a UFC match and see stand up fighting then it’s almost a guarantee that they are boxing. Boxers are fast, the punches are effective and you can knock out your opponent before you get to the ground game.
  2. Kickboxing: If the opponents aren’t boxing then there is a good chance that kick boxing is part of their strategy.  Kickboxing allows you to throw punches, elbows, knees or whatever is effective and defeat your opponent.  Many kickboxers are also trained in Muay Thai and use those skills in the octagon.
  3. Wrestling: Wrestling is one of the oldest combat sports in the world, it goes all the way back to ancient Greece.  Wrestling is used in ground fighting to take down and subdue your opponent.
  4. Brazilian Jui Jitsu: Originating in Japan the Brazilian style comes from the Gracie family who taught in Rio de Janiero and it has been highly successful in competition.
  5. Judo and Karate: Both of these are extremely popular martial arts and you will find most if not all MMA fighters have trained in these martial arts at one time or another.