Historical Timeline of Ufc
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC is the largest company in the world which promotes American mixed martial arts (MMA). The term ‘mixed martial arts’ means a sport which is a mix of karate, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai as well as boxing. The UFC hosts some of the best fighters of MMA and promote their unique talent all over the world. This highly entertaining sport is divided into seven weight divisions (heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight). Furthermore, the UFC regulates this sport under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. UFC 246 has announced many fights which fans are eagerly waiting for, including the scheduled encounter between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone. To attend the much anticipated upcoming events by the company, purchase the fast-selling UFC tickets now.
Conor McGregor fight tickets are always in high demand and now that reports are coming in that his highly anticipated boxing match with Donald Cerrone might really happen, expect that demand to skyrocket once again. Conor McGregor is a UFC superstar unlike any. He is arrogant, he is brash but he can walk the talk. But the question is will he be able to overcome what many are saying will be his biggest challenge to date? Will Conor McGregor be able to beat Donald Cerrone, one of the greatest boxers of all time, in a boxing match? One thing is for sure, McGregor will not overawed by the prospect of facing Donald Cerrone.
The UFC is a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, a private company and operates under the president, Dana White. While the company may have started only in 1993, the mixed martial arts have a long history dating back to the 648 BC, when Pankration, a dangerous combat sport was played during Olympics. Pankration was one of the least regulated sport, as most of the sports were in those days, causing bodily harm, sometimes serious, to the fighters. However, mixed martial arts, promoted by the UFC made its debut in 1993 in Denver, Colorado. The sport, sought to emulate the fighters of yesteryears, but was highly criticized for not being properly regulated. The rules of the game, as a result, were reformed and were more strictly enforced, ensuring physical safety of the fighters. As a result, MMA is one of the most watched television events all over the world, and especially in the United States. In the US, the UFC’s programs could be watched on Ion, Versus, Spike and the pay-per-view television channels. These programs could also be watched in Asia, Middle East, Australia, Europe and Canada.
The UFC fights are staged in “The Octagon”, an eight sided enclosure. It is also called the Cage. This Cage has a 5 ft 6 in to 5 ft 8 in high fence, with walls of metal chain. The Cage itself is about 4 ft from the ground, since it sits on top of a platform. For the safety of the fighters, it has foam padding all over. There are only two entry-exit gates, which face each other.
One of the interesting features of a fighter’s attire is that he does not wear shoes. Long pants, gi pants, gis, and shirts are also not allowed. A fighter wears only shorts, approved by the UFC. He must also wear open-fingered gloves, light in weight and approved by the UFC. These gloves would enable a particular fighter to grab his adversary but they would not allow him to hurt his opponent too badly. In the early days of MMA, the attire was hardly regulated, which had to be changed as the sport became more acceptable and famous.
The result of a particular fight could either be in the form of judges’ decision, technical knockout, knockout, or a submission. A fighter submits either verbally or by tapping on the mat. A knockout is essentially when a fighter gets unconscious as a result of strike. A technical knockout is a referee’s call, when he decides that a fighter cannot continue anymore for any reason. Lastly, a fight may end by judges’ decision, wherein the judges’ decide that a particular fighter has won based on higher score or points. Furthermore, a fight may also end in the form of no contest, technical draw, forfeit, disqualification or technical decision.
While there is a long list of fouls, a few are noteworthy: continuous disregard for referee’s directions, using abusive language, spitting, kicking the opponent’s kidney, kneeing the opponent’s head, grabbing the opponent by his throat, an elbow strike, a rabbit punch, pulling the opponent’s hair, biting, amongst others. It must be remembered that a particular foul, although not all fouls, may declare a fighter, loser or in the alternative, a bout may be stopped.
Like in other sports, the UFC also honors its greats by inducting them in its Hall of Fame. Some of the Hall of Famers includes Ken Shamrock, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Charles Lewis Jr., Dan Severn and Royce Gracie. The current heavyweight champion is Cain Velasquez, an American.
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Things are heating up between UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC president Dana White after the former’s win against Maia. Following the duel, Dana stated, “You ask fans if they want to see Woodley fight again, I think that will be a flat out no.” In response to that, Tyron said, “You’re going to publicly scrutinize me, Dana White? You publicly need to apologise to me.”
UFC Upcoming Fights 2019 – 2020
There is some great mixed martial arts action lined up in the coming weeks and months. UFC 245, set for December 14, 2019, is the next big event featuring three title bouts on the main card. These include Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington (UFC Welterweight Championship), Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski (UFC Featherweight Championship) and Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie (UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship). Next up is UFC 246 on February 8, 2020 at Houston’s Toyota Center. Two title bouts have so far been announced for the night.One of them will be for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship between the defending champ Jon Jones and the challenger Dominick Reyes. The other big showdown will see the UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko defending her belt against Katlyn Chookagian.
|UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson||18-Apr-20||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night||21-Mar-20||The O2 Arena||London, England, U.K.|
|UFC Fight Night||14-Mar-20||Ginásio Nilson Nelson||Brasília, Brazil|
|UFC Fight Night 169||23-Feb-20||Spark Arena||Auckland, New Zealand|
|UFC Fight Night 168||15-Feb-20||Santa Ana Star Center||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, U.S.|
|UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes||8-Feb-20||Toyota Center||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos||25-Jan-20||PNC Arena||Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.|
|UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone||18-Jan-20||T-Mobile Arena||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie||21-Dec-19||Sajik Arena||Busan, South Korea|
|UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington||14-Dec-19||T-Mobile Arena||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||7-Dec-19||Capital One Arena||Washington, D.C., U.S.|