UFC is a serial event. Every month UFC brings fight cards and games. The number indicates the pay per view. UFC 246 is the 246 pay per view in the UFC event.
To understand this sport a little better, we will simplify how it works and explain that, although many people think that it is a ‘wild’ sport where everything goes, it is a mixture of styles and skills where respect between fighters is essential.
- 1 What is UFC and what is the difference with MMA?
- 2 UFC Origin
- 3 What exactly is Mixed Martial Arts?
- 4 Requirements and basic equipment
- 5 UFC weight categories and current champions
- 6 Is it a fight without rules?
- 7 How does the fight end?
- 8 Why does UFC have numbers?
What is UFC and what is the difference with MMA?
Many people believe that the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is called UFC, or that MMA and UFC are the same, but in reality, it is not.
UFC stands for the English name Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s leading MMA organization, created in the United States. The popularity of this organization is what has made people relate directly to the sport.
The difference between UFC and MMA is quite simple: UFC is to MMA as the Spanish League is to Soccer, it is simply a kind of league within the sport globally. What happens is that it is the most important of all and where every professional fighter wants to compete someday.
The UFC was created to try to show the world that the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, created by the Gracie family, was the most effective fighting style in the world. And they succeeded.
In 1993, the first event was held, UFC 1: The Beginning, where Royce Gracie, one of Helio Gracie’s sons, won the tournament by taking the victory in all submissions by submission, that is, by giving up to all his opponents using keys on the ground. The truth was something they expected. Almost no fighter specialized in this style of combat as much as the Gracie.
What exactly is Mixed Martial Arts?
The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) originated in the 20s with the name ‘Vale Tudo’ developed in Brazil and imported to the US by the Gracie family. It should be clarified that this sport was much more brutal and less regulated than the current MMA. It is a discipline that combines almost all contact styles, which allows both standing (striking) and ground fighting (grappling). Therefore, it can be said that MMAs are: a contact sport where various disciplines are used, like boxing, jiujitsu, Brazilian jiujitsu, muaythai, judo, taekwondo, karate, kung fu, kickboxing and fighting.
Requirements and basic equipment
The octagon: although many people think that it is for the show to be more sadistic. Because of the fact of locking two fighters in a cage, the fact is that it is the opposite. It is always about ensuring the safety of the fighter since to be able to take the fight to the ground. It would be possible to fall outside, which is avoided with the bars.
Gloves and bandage: They must be approved by the commission that will regulate the event: the weight is 113 grams and they have their fingers uncovered to allow the grip. The bandage must be a soft gauze fabric with its corresponding mediations and should be placed in the commission’s presence and the rival corner manager.
Oral protectors: It must be approved by the responsible doctor. If the mouth guard travels involuntarily during combat, the referee must stop the fight. Be careful with the mouth guard not going to be knocked out because of you.
Dress: The use of footwear or any bandage on the feet is prohibited. T-shirts are only allowed for fighters.
Time limit and rounds: Regular bouts are three rounds. All titles or stellar fights are five rounds lasting five minutes and one-minute rest between them.
Anti-doping tests: They are randomized, applying state regulation or each country without restrictions.
UFC weight categories and current champions
Straw (female) 115 pounds (52 kg) Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Flyweight 125 pounds or less (56, 7 kg or less) Champion: Demetrious Johnson
Bantamweight from 125 to 135 pounds (56.7 to 61.2 kg) Champions: Dominick Cruz and Miesha Tate
Featherweight 135 to 145 pounds (61.2 to 65.7 kg) Champion: Conor McGregor
Lightweight 145 to 155 pounds (65.7 to 70.3 kg) Champion: Rafael Dos Anjos
Welterweight 155 to 170 pounds (70.3 to 77.1 kg) Champion: Robbie Lawler
Average weight 170 to 185 pounds (77.1 to 83.9 kg) Champion: Luke Rockhold
Semi-complete weight from 185 to 205 pounds (from 83.9 to 92.9 kg) Champion: Daniel Cormier
Full weight 205 to 265 pounds (92.9 to 120.2 kg) Champion: FabricioWerdum
Is it a fight without rules?
People who do not know this sport tend to be tempted to cross out the show as something violent, where everything is worth it and the morbidity is sought, with a specific simile of gladiatorial struggles in the Roman Colosseum. But despite having its beginnings in the ‘Vale Tudo,’ there are infinite rules to protect the fighter and ensure his safety. Bumps in dangerous areas (neck, spine, genitals, etc.), manipulation of small joints (fingers), biting, putting fingers in the eyes, or other types of ‘dirty actions,’ more typical of a street fight, are prohibited.
How does the fight end?
Via knockout (KO): It is the one that every fighter wants to achieve. In addition to being the most spectacular, he is the one who lifts the fans from their seats. It is when a fighter is unconscious, disoriented or unable to make his own defense.
Via technical knockout (TKO):The referee stops the fight for lack of response and defense of one of the fighters.
Via submission: A fighter gets his opponent to surrender or pass out with strangulation or key. It tends to be thought this completion requires more skill and strategy.
Via Decision: Unanimous: The three judges agree on the winner. Divided: two judges choose the same winner and the third judge chooses the other fighter.
Majority: Two judges choose the same winner and the third judge votes for a draw. Majority tie: two judges vote a tie and the third one chooses a winner.
Why does UFC have numbers?
The world-famous Ultimate Fighting Championship today, led by the brilliant business strategist Dana White, uses numbers to distinguish their events. These numbers, as many people know, are the count of activities that the UFC concept carries, and began on November 12, 1993, attracting great attention by combining athletes from different contact disciplines in their confrontations. The UFC 1 event consisted of a tournament that was won by the legendary Royce Gracie by beating Gerard Gordeau in the final and the semi-final at least mythical Ken Shamrock.
UFC 246 is more than a contact sport
Let’s get the interesting points that salary, which is made up of 3 things: gross salary stipulated in the contract, Reebok payment for dressing the brand and the victory bonus. The payment generated by the sportswear brand is generated through a tabulator, explained in previous notes. It contributes from $ 2,500 to $ 40,000, according to the fighter. The bonus is based on the expectation of the fight. With this information, let’s take Conor McGregor as an example, which is considered the fighter with the highest UFC income, who only had three participations this year.
McGregor is the highest-paid MMA peeled, even surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a study by Forbes. Of the $7.5 million generated by the fights alone, the income from pay-per-view and those generated by advertising with Reebok, Fanatics, Monster Energy, BSN, Bud Light, Rolls Royce and Electronic Arts have to be added. With this, in Conor McGregor’s own words, annual revenues of $40 million are estimated.