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The Birth Of Mixed Martial Arts
Owned by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest company that promotes mixed martial arts (MMA). The company was founded in 1993, and it has since grown into a multi-million-dollar business. Dana White, the company president, is recognized as a significant contributor to the UFC’s global success, the promoter having gained a large mainstream audience.
During the early days, the UFC was proposed as a one-off event that would see fighters from different disciplines — such as boxing, karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and sumo wrestling — battling to see which style was superior. However, the event (streamed via pay-per-view) proved hugely successful, and it became the precursor to many anticipated events. Royce Gracie, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was the first winner of the tournament.
Originally, fighters of different sizes competed without limitations, but there are now twelve weight divisions, eight of which are dedicated to men and four to women: Strawweight (115lb), Flyweight (125lb), Bantamweight (135lb), Featherweight (145lb), Lightweight (155lb), Welterweight (170lb), Middleweight (185lb), Light Heavyweight (205lb), and Heavyweight (265lb).
Throughout the decades-long history of the sport, many fighters have stepped forward to test their endurance and fighting capabilities. Some of the biggest names include Conor “the Notorious” McGregor, Anderson “Spider” Silva, Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, Jon “Bones” Jones, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, Khabib “the Eagle” Nurmagomedov, Matt Hughes, Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell, Randy “the Natural” Couture, B.J. “the Prodigy” Penn, and Frank Shamrock — among others.
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