UFC – One of the Most Popular Sports in the World
We have all witnessed that martial arts has grown in leaps and bounds. Several years ago, Bruce Lee developed his style of Jeet Kune Do and was instrumental in making the martial arts gain more popularity. He acted in several action flicks, showing the world his speed and elegance. From then on, movies have been a popular method to demonstrate martial arts skills.
Back in the early 1990s, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) arrived with a bang and took things one step further. Although there have been other competitions just like the UFC, none of them had the style and dedication that UFC enjoyed. When it first started out, the UFC was a mixed martial arts competition in a true sense, since it paired fighters of different styles and weight classes.
The result was interesting battles with unpredictable outcome. The first ever champion was a man from Brazil named Royce Gracie. He introduced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC by employing those techniques in the course of the fights. Following the first UFC tournament, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was instantaneously considered as the finest martial art. Royce weighed under 200 pounds, and he totally dominated people almost 3 times his size.
Royce lifted the winners trophy in UFC 2 and 4 as well. His dominant style during the tournament earned him global acclaim. He faced a very tough fighter, who nearly beat him, in UFC 3; but Royce came up trumps eventually. Gracie had an evenly contested bout with Ken Shamrock in UFC 5 which resulted in a draw.
Other fighters have done exceptionally well in the UFC, although none of them had the impact as Royce Gracie. Fighters such as Dan Severn, Matt Hughes, Ken Shamrock, Oleg Taktarov, and Matt Sylvia have also performed very well. Matt Hughes is regarded as one of the best fighters the world has seen.
The UFC has made a big impact when it comes to mixed martial arts. When it all began, there were no rules and no judges, just one on one bouts until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref stopped the fight by throwing in the towel. The UFC also had a tournament style where 3 fights decided the champion.
Over the years, there were several changes. After a few years UFC had judges deciding the winners, and the tournament style was removed. The fights eventually became one on one bouts, which was great for the followers. Although the fights didn t have time limits to start with, they do now. Title fights have five 5 minute rounds, while non title fights have three 5 minute rounds.
If there us no knockout or submission, the winner is decided by the judges. There are three judges, which normally change with each different UFC. The ref is there to protect the fighters. He can stop a fight if a fighter is unable to defend himself.
The UFC has come a long way, and is now one of the most widely liked sports in the world.
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