The Basics of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
- Multiple Disciplines: MMA, or mixed martial arts, is defined as unarmed combat using any combination of techniques such as grappling, submission holds, kicking, and striking. As such, UFC athletes come from a variety of backgrounds, typically in martial arts ranging from karate, jiu-jitsu, and judo to boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling.
- Ways to Win: UFC fights can end in one of three ways: knockout, submission, or judges’ decision. Each outcome has its own level of drama and strategy, and UFC history is filled with memorable victories in all three ways.
- Eight Sides Don’t Take Sides: All UFC fights take place inside the Octagon, a 750-square-foot ring measuring 30 feet across and 6 feet high. Intended for both safety and fairness, the eight-sided design has two key advantages: the obtuse angles keep fighters from getting trapped in a corner, and the unique shape offers no bias toward either boxing or wrestling techniques.
- UFC Events: As the world’s leading promoter of MMA, UFC produces more than 40 live events each year. Each event typically includes multiple fights, culminating in a main event with the highest stakes in the UFC circuit.
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