UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship
What is UFC?
U.F.C refers to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is a private company that seeks to promote Mixed Martial Arts in America. Its history dates back to November 1993 when it was founded by Bob Meyrowitz, Rorion Gracie, Art Davie, John Millius and Campbell McLaren. At the time, the company was born from the parent company Zuffa and has its headquarters in Las Vegas city, Nevada in the United States of America.
The leadership comprises Lorenzo Fertitta who is the CEO, Dana White who is the president, Mark Ratner and Joe Silva share the deputy president post, one in charge of regulatory affairs and the other in charge of talent relations respectively. Some of the players who have really benefitted from the parent company Zuffa are Nick Diaz, Rich Franklin and Daniel Cormier who plays under light heavyweight category.
UFC is the largest premier promotion company of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the world and features a majority of the highest-ranking champions in sports. It has also gained a lot of popularity in the various islands. The company organizes world-wide events in which ten weight divisions are showcased. So far, the company has organized more than 200 events, all of which abode by the Unified Rule of Mixed Martial Arts.
The very first Ultimate Fighting Championship event was held on 12th November 1993 in Denver, Colorado at the McNichols Sports Arena. In this event, UFC was able to identify the most effective Martial Art, choosing from Sambo, wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Karate. The aim was to establish the sport that comes with minimal rules so that in subsequent competitions, fighters would be able to adopt techniques from more than one discipline, helping them create a new technique drawn from a combination of the different sports, which gave rise to what is today known as Mixed Martial Arts. Another major event was also held in Singapore more than 2 years ago, on the night of 4th January 2014.
The Unified Rules of Mixed martial Arts have been adopted by all athletic commissions in the U.S. and form the biggest regulatory rules beside the Pride and Shooto’s rules. The rules center on length of each round, which is 5 minutes long, with 1-minute rest period in-between rounds. In the finale however, each series comprises three rounds for each division, with a possible fourth round if there is a tie between the judges.
The rules also dictate that fighters must fight in approved attire, which in most cases are white shorts, barefoot and without any food padding. Results during judgment are given based on different criteria like a unanimous decision, a majority decision win, unanimous draw, split decision win or a majority draw. As a policy, one has to sign up as a member to participate in the championships.
In matters of conduct, offences during a play can result to being given a yellow card, which means that the fighter goes home with 10% deduction in their purse. These rules gained a unanimous pass on 30th July back in the year 2009.
UFC is Getting Popular
Reports show that with the many TV deals that UFC has had, it has continued to gain popularity in Europe, Canada, Asia and Middle East and as of 2016, the media coverage has continued to see viewers able to access live plays, news and photos on video games transmission devices like Xbox, Roku, Android and iPhone, multiple times per week on a day to day basis. They are also be able to leave their comments online or through email.
UFC has outstanding records which show that the youngest champion is Jon Jones who is only 23 years old. Rafael dos Anjos is the best player in the lightweight category, while Dos Santos has pulled over 2.8million viewers to UFC. The late Jimmo Ryan who passed away in June 2016 was a mixed martial artist under the light heavyweight division of UFC. While there is so much that can be said about UFC, their records show just how a reputable company they are, and their promise is that there is more to look out for in the future!