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Ultimate Fighting Championship
Type Private
Founded November 1993
Founder(s) Art Davie, Rorion Gracie, Robert Meyrowitz[1]
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Key people Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman/CEO
Dana White, President
Marc Ratner, VP Regulatory Affairs
Joe Silva, VP Talent Relations/Matchmaker
Industry Mixed Martial Arts promotion
Parent Zuffa, LLC
Website http://www.ufc.com/
.The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in the United States.^ Mixed martial arts fighting its way into the mainstream .
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^ Comment Tags: fighting , mixed martial arts , MMA , sport , sports , ufc , ultimate fighting , ultimate fighting championship .
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^ In the world of mixed martial arts, it seems it's not enough to have a good fight.
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.Dana White serves as the president of the UFC; Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control its parent company, Zuffa, LLC.^ One-on-one with UFC President Dana White .
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^ Dana White's UFC video blog .
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^ Dana White serves as the president of the UFC, which is owned by Zuffa, LLC under casino-moguls Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
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[2][3][4]
.Inspired by vale tudo competitions in Brazil, the UFC held its first competition in Denver, Colorado in 1993.^ The UFC began as a single-event tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting.
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^ The UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting.
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^ The UFC was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting.
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.Showcasing fighters of different proficiencies—including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and Muay Thai, among others—the UFC sought to identify the most effective martial art in a real fight.^ In 1998 he won his first UFC Mixed Martial Arts fight.
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^ Boxing and mixed martial arts attract different audiences.
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^ He also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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.After a period of political backlash, the UFC gradually underwent reform by embracing stricter rules and achieving sanctioning with State Athletic Commissions.^ They [the state athletic commissions] do.
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^ As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.
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^ As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.
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.With a cable-television deal and expansion into Canada, Europe and new markets within the United States, the UFC as of 2010 has gained in popularity, along with greater mainstream-media coverage.^ With a cable television deal and expansion into Canada, Europe and new markets within the United States, the UFC as of 2009[update] has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage.
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^ UFC can be now seen in 34 countries worldwide, and with a cable television deal that has expanded into Canada, Europe and new markets within the United States.UFC has witnessed a remarkable increase in popularity, and also with immense media coverage.
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^ The success of Royce also propelled UFC to the height of its popularity and became a much sought after Pay-Per-View event on cable.
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.As of 2010 viewers can access UFC programming on pay-per-view television, Spike in the United States and Canada, on ESPN in the United Kingdom as well as in 33 other countries worldwide.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC programming can now be seen on Spike TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide without a satellite dish and all countries worldwide with a satellite dish.
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Contents

History of the UFC

Early competition

Royce Gracie utilized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC's formative years to defeat opponents of greater size and strength.
.Businessman Art Davie met Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Rorion Gracie in 1991, while researching martial arts for a marketing client.^ He also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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^ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 180 lb.
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^ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Karate are two different kinds of martial arts.
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.Gracie operated a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Torrance, California and the Gracie family had a long history of vale tudo matches - a precursor of modern mixed martial arts - in Brazil.^ He also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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^ Topics: Mixed martial arts , UFC .
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^ School teaches Gracie Jiu Jitsu,.
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.Davie became Gracie's student.^ Davie became Gracie's student.
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^ The Gracie family had a long association of vale-tudo-- matches a precursor of mixed martial arts-in Brazil, Davie became Gracie's student.
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.In 1992, inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracies and featuring Gracie jiu-jitsu defeating various martial-arts masters, Davie proposed to Rorion Gracie and John Milius an eight-man, single-elimination tournament with a title of War of the Worlds.^ School teaches Gracie Jiu Jitsu,.
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^ In 1992 Davie proposed an eight man, single-elimination UFC tournament with a working title of War of the Worlds to Rorion Gracie and John Milius, as he was inspired by the Gracies in Action video series which featured various martial arts masters being defeated using Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
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^ In 1992, inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracies and featuring various martial arts masters being defeated using Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Davie proposed an eight-man, single-elimination tournament with a title of War of the Worlds to Rorion Gracie and John Milius.
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.The tournament would feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to see which martial art was truly the best which replicated the excitement of the matches Davie saw on those videos.^ The tournament would feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no holds barred combat to see which martial art was truly the best which replicated the excitement of the matches Davie saw on those videos.
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^ Davie proposed a tournament where fighters from different disciplines would match up in a no-holds-barred style event.
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^ The UFC tournament would feature martial artists from different categories as opponents to verify as to which martial art was genuinely the best, which could replicate the thrill of the matches he saw on those videos.
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[5] .Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to be the event's creative director.^ Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to be the event's creative director.
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^ Milius, a noted film director and also a Gracie student, agreed to be the UFC event's creative director.
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^ Jason Cusson the film art director designed the trademarked "Octagon" a signature piece for the event and remained the Production Designer through UFC 27.
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.Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.^ Davie and twenty-eight investors contributed to start WOW promotions, in order to develop the UFC tournament into a television franchise.
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^ Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.
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^ In April 1995, following UFC 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Davie and Gracie sold their interest in the franchise to SEG and disbanded WOW Promotions.
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[6]
.In 1993 WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO), SET (Showtime) and the Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).^ In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO), SET (Showtime) and Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).
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^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ In 1993, WOW were searching for a television partner and contacted a few pay-per-view producers, SEG a pioneer in pay-per-view accepted and became WOW's partner in May 1993.
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.Both TVKO and SET declined, but SEG – a pioneer in pay-per-view television which had produced such off-beat events as a mixed-gender tennis match between Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova – became WOW's partner in May 1993.[7] SEG contacted video and film art-director Jason Cusson to design the trademarked "Octagon", a signature piece for the event.^ In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO), SET (Showtime) and Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).
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^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ SEG contacted video and film art director Jason Cusson to design the trademarked "Octagon", a signature piece for the event.
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.Cusson remained the Production Designer through UFC 27.^ Cusson remained the Production Designer through UFC 27.
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[5] .SEG devised the name for the show as The Ultimate Fighting Championship.^ Ultimate Fighting Championship review helpful .
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^ Ultimate Fighting Championship XLIII (2003) .
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^ SEG devised the name for the show as The Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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[8]
VHS box art for the first Ultimate Fighting Championship
.WOW Promotions and SEG produced the first event, later called UFC 1, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993. Art Davie functioned as the show's booker and matchmaker.^ The two companies produced the first event at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993.
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^ Davie functioned as the show's booker and matchmaker.
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^ The Heavyweights: UFC and WEC Discuss all Zuffa-related promotions: UFC, WEC and former Pride events here.
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[9] .The television broadcast featured kickboxers Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier, savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, karate expert Zane Frazier, shootfighter Ken Shamrock, sumo wrestler Teila Tuli, boxer Art Jimmerson and 175 lb.^ Jason Delucia (Kung Fu) defeated Trent Jenkins (Karate) Gerard Gordeau (Savate) defeated Teila Tuli (Sumo) Kevin Rosier (Kickboxing) defeated Zane Frazier (Kempo Karate) Royce Gracie (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) defeated Art Jimmerson (Boxing) Ken Shamrock (Shootfigthing) defeated Pat Smith (Kickboxing) with a leglock Gerard Gordeau (Savate) defeated Kevin Rosier(kickboxing) Royce Gracie (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) defeated Ken Shamrock (Shootfigthing) Royce Gracie (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) defeats Gerard Gordeau(Savate) .
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^ The television broadcast featured two kickboxers, Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier; a savate fighter, Gerard Gordeau; a karate expert, Zane Frazier; a shootfighter, Ken Shamrock; a sumo wrestler, Teila Tuli; a professional boxer, Art Jimmerson; and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Royce GracieRorion's younger brother who was hand-picked by Rorion himself to represent his family.
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^ The television broadcast featured two kickboxers, Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier; a savate fighter, Gerard Gordeau; a karate expert, Zane Frazier; a shootfighter, Ken Shamrock; a sumo wrestler, Teila Tuli; a professional boxer, Art Jimmerson; and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Royce Gracie—Rorion's younger brother who was hand-picked by Rorion himself to represent his family.
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.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Royce Gracie—younger brother of UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie who was hand-picked by Rorion himself to represent his family in the competition.^ Edwards is an expert striker, while Franca is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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^ He also has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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^ School teaches Gracie Jiu Jitsu,.
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.The show became an instant success, drawing 86,592 television subscribers on pay-per-view.^ The show was an instant success, drawing 86,592 television subscribers on pay-per-view to witness Royce Gracie take the first UFC crown.
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^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ Thank God for pay per view.
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.The show proposed to find an answer for sports fans to questions such as: "Can a wrestler beat a boxer?"^ The show proposed to find an answer for sports fans to the question: "Can a wrestler beat a boxer?"
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^ The UFC organizors were looking for answers, as to whether a fighter can be uni-skilled, as, Can a boxer beat a wrestler?
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[10] .As with most martial arts at the time, fighters typically had skills in just one discipline and had little experience against opponents with different skills.^ As was the case with most martial arts at the time, fighters were typically skilled in just one discipline (e.g., boxing, judo, or jujutsu) and had little experience against opponents with different skills.
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^ As normally fighters had little experience against opponents with different skills.Some fighters used to inflate their credentials as well to legalize their presence.
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^ Most participants have martial arts training in some discipline, however, this is by no means a requirement.
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[11] .Royce Gracie's submission skills proved the most effective in the inaugural tournament, earning him the first ever UFC tournament championship.^ Royce Gracie following his victory at the first UFC event.
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^ Royce Gracie is the most famous .
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^ This is his first fight versus Royce Gracie.
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[12]
Vale tudo fighter Marco Ruas won the UFC 7 tournament.
However, the show was not intended to be part of a series. ."That show was only supposed to be a one-off," eventual UFC President Dana White said.^ One-on-one with UFC President Dana White .
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^ Video: Dana White backstage UFC 93 part one .
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^ But the UFC HOF? __________________ #1 Dana White fan He's not always right but I think the guy does a great job, is a smart businessman, and loves the sport.
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."It did so well on pay-per-view they decided to do another, and another.^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ Well, they did.
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^ Thank God for pay per view.
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.Never in a million years did these guys think they were creating a sport."^ But the UFC HOF? __________________ #1 Dana White fan He's not always right but I think the guy does a great job, is a smart businessman, and loves the sport.
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^ A rematch is special because these guys have punched each other in the face before, and they are dying to do it again.
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^ But these guys just don't seem able to act out of sync - they even injure their knees at the same time.
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[13]
.With no weight classes, fighters often faced significantly larger or taller opponents.^ Royce Gracie and wrestler Dan Severn[3]With no weight classes, fighters often faced significantly larger or taller opponents.
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^ B.J. Penn became the second fighter to hold championships in two weight classes, joining Randy Couture.
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^ Searching by Weight Class or Associatin does not search the weights or associations of fighters we have no information about.
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.For example, Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney faced Emmanuel Yarborough at UFC 3 with a 9 in (23 cm) height and 400 pounds (180 kg) weight disadvantage.^ For example, Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney faced Emmanuel Yarborough at UFC 3 with a 9 in (22 cm) height and 400 lb (180 kg) weight disadvantage.
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^ For example, Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney faced Emmanuel Yarborough at UFC 3 with a 9 in (23 cm) height and 400 pounds (180 kg) weight disadvantage.
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^ Silva, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, had moved up a weight class for the second time in the UFC to face Griffin, the former light heavyweight champion.
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[14] .Many martial artists believed that technique could overcome these size disadvantages, and that a skilled fighter could use an opponent's size and strength against him.^ Many martial artists believed that technique could overcome these size disadvantages, and that a skilled fighter could use an opponent's size and strength against him; with the 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) Royce Gracie winning three of the first four UFC events, the UFC quickly proved that size does not always determine outcome.
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^ First utilized by grapplers with limited submission abilities, it is now an effective technique of MMA fighters of all skill levels.
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^ During The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter used his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to dominate all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete "Drago" Sell and punch his ticket to the finals in Las Vegas.
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.With the 175 lb (79 kg) Royce Gracie winning three of the first four events, the UFC quickly proved that size does not always determine the outcome of the fight.^ Royce Gracie following his victory at the first UFC event.
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^ Many martial artists believed that technique could overcome these size disadvantages, and that a skilled fighter could use an opponent's size and strength against him; with the 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) Royce Gracie winning three of the first four UFC events, the UFC quickly proved that size does not always determine outcome.
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^ This is his first fight versus Royce Gracie.
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.During this early stage of the organization, the UFC would showcase a bevy of different styles and fighters.^ Later, FSN would air highlight shows from the UFC, showcasing one hour blocks of the UFC's greatest bouts.
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^ The UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting.
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^ IGN PlayStation 3: Havok's Pioneering Cloth Technology Showcased for First Time in UFC 2009 Undisputed Realistic cloth effects featured in upcoming fighter.
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.Aside from the aforementioned Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Patrick Smith, the competitions also featured prominent competitors such as Kimo Leopoldo, Hall-of-Famer Dan Severn, Marco Ruas, Oleg Taktarov, Tank Abbott, Don Frye and Gary Goodridge.^ Tank Abbott on the upcoming match between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn.
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^ Royce Gracie to his brother before taking on Ken Shamrock.
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^ According to UFC 45, David “Tank” Abbott, Coleman, Couture, Don Frye, Gracie, Pat Miletich, Marco Ruas, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and Oleg Taktarov are the Top 10 most popular UFC fighters of all time.
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.In April 1995, following UFC 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Davie and Gracie sold their interest in the franchise to SEG and disbanded WOW Promotions.^ In April 1995, following UFC 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Davie and Gracie sold their interest in the franchise to SEG and disbanded WOW Promotions.
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^ Once the UFC brand was launched, MMA popularity surged in Brazil, followed by immense interest in Japan where these bouts became major events.
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^ Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.
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Davie continued with SEG as the show's booker and matchmaker, as well as the commissioner of Ultimate Fighting, until December 1997.

Emergence of stricter rules

.Although UFC used the "There are no rules!"^ Emergence of more rules Although "There are no rules!"
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^ In the beginning, there were no rules and no judges, just one on one fights until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref through in the towel.
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^ Fighting in the UFC was marketed as no holds barred, though there were a few limited rules, the contests were often violent.
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tagline in the early .1990s, the UFC did in fact operate with limited rules.^ UFC operated with limited rules.
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^ Fighting in the UFC was marketed as no holds barred, though there were a few limited rules, the contests were often violent.
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^ Although there was a limited number of rules, the UFC was initially known as no holds barred fighting and contests were often violent and brutal.
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.There was no biting, no eye gouging, and the system frowned on (but allowed) techniques such as hair pulling, headbutting, groin strikes and fish-hooking.^ No headbutting, eye gouging, hair pulling, biting or fish-hooking.
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^ Only biting and eye-gouging were forbidden.
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^ There was no biting, no eye gouging, and the system frowned on (but allowed) techniques such as hair pulling, headbutting, groin strikes and fish-hooking.
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.In fact, in a UFC 4 qualifying match, competitors Jason Fairn and Guy Mezger agreed not to pull hair—as they both wore pony tails tied back for the match.^ In fact, in a UFC 4 qualifying match, two competitors Jason Fairn and Guy Mezger agreed not to pull hair as they both wore pony tails tied back for the match.
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^ He then falls back with the leg in both hands and applies pressure by pulling on the toes and isolating his opponents other leg to add leverage.
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^ The championship battle between Tito and Couture was well-worth it, they both back up the hype and brought it.
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.Additionally, that same event saw a matchup between Keith Hackney and Joe Son in which Hackney unleashed a series of groin shots against Son while on the ground.^ Additionally, that same event saw a matchup between Keith Hackney and Joe Son in which Hackney unleashed a series of groin shots against Joe Son while on the ground.
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^ Great event that includes the battle between Randy "the natural" Couture and Tito Ortiz, and Tim Sylvia defending his heavyweight belt against Gan Mcgee.
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.The UFC had a reputation, especially in the early days, as an extremely violent event, as evidenced by a disclaimer in the beginning of the UFC 5 broadcast which warned audiences of the violent nature of the sport.^ The UFC was similarly characterized, especially in the early days, as an extremely violent sport, as evidenced by a disclaimer in the beginning of the UFC 5 broadcast which warned audiences of the violent nature of the event.
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^ In April 1997, the president of the National Cable Television Association warned that UFC broadcasts could jeopardize the cable industry's influence in Washington.
  • Fight Clubbed - By David Plotz - Slate Magazine 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.slate.com [Source type: General]

^ The nature of the burgeoning sport quickly drew the attention of the authorities and UFC events were banned in a number of American states.
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.UFC 5 also introduced the first singles match, called "The Superfight". This was an important development because singles matches would become a staple in the UFC for years to come.^ UFC's competitors Although UFC popularized MMA in the United States, over the last couple of years, the MMA landscape has become a lot more crowded.
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^ The Ultimate Fighting Championship opens 2008 with its first pay-per-view card of the year coming just three weeks after UFC 79.
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^ All the success, attention and money that came his way during his first two years in the UFC, it might have been too much, too soon for Brandon Vera.
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."The Superfight" began as a non-tournament match that would determine the first reigning UFC Champion for tournament winners to face;[15] it later evolved into a match that could feature either title matches or non-title matches.^ The winner of the tournament would be crowned the champion.
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^ UFC 104 will feature a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto Machida and former Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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^ UFC Fight Night 21 will feature light heavyweights Brandon Vera and Jon Jones in an exciting match-up that could determine the fate of "Bones" 205-pound contendership status.
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.The "Superfight" would eventually completely phase out tournament matches; by UFC Brazil, the UFC abandoned the tournament format for an entire card of singles matches (aside from a one time UFC Japan tournament featuring Japanese fighters).^ If ever there was a one-match card, it was this one.
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^ MMA - Complete UFC 110 Card .
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^ Complete UFC 110 Card .
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.UFC 6 was the first event to feature the crowning of the first non-tournament UFC Champion, Ken Shamrock.^ The winner of the tournament would be crowned the champion.
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^ On one side stood decorated Greco Roman wrestler Dan Severn versus seasoned Shootfighter Ken Shamrock in a battle to determine the first "Superfight" champion of the UFC. Along with this battle, the standard 8-man tournament format would bring back a couple of proven veterans along with newcomers eager to make first impressions and more.
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^ The card featured defenses of two UFC champions Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk, who both won their titles at UFC 64.
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Controversy and reform

.The violent nature of the burgeoning sport quickly drew the attention of the U.S. authorities.^ The nature of the burgeoning sport quickly drew the attention of the authorities and UFC events were banned in a number of American states.
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^ The UFC was similarly characterized, especially in the early days, as an extremely violent sport, as evidenced by a disclaimer in the beginning of the UFC 5 broadcast which warned audiences of the violent nature of the event.
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[16]
Before reform, Senator John McCain prominently opposed the UFC.
.Senator John McCain (R-AZ) saw a tape of the first UFC events and immediately found it abhorrent.^ John McCain, R-Ariz., saw a UFC tape.
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^ Senator John McCain (R-AZ), was sent a tape of the first UFC events and immediately found it abhorrent.
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^ ET marking the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) on VERSUS and the first time that a live UFC event will air on a national sports cable network.
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.McCain himself led a campaign to ban UFC, calling it "human cockfighting," and sending letters to the governors of all fifty U.S. states asking them to ban the event.^ He sent letters to all 50 governors asking them to ban ultimate fighting.
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^ 'Human cockfighting' on the Senate floor But their biggest best was on the UFC, a purchase made more out of passion than business sense.
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^ Most upright walkers, however, were less impressed by the UFC. The no-rules gladiatorial gorefests were so violent they'd been banned in every state with an athletic commission.
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[17] As a result, the UFC was dropped from the major cable pay-per-view distributor Viewer's Choice, and individual cable carriers such as TCI Cable.
.Thirty-six states enacted laws that banned "no-holds-barred" fighting, including New York, which enacted the ban on the eve of UFC 12, forcing a relocation of the event to Dothan, Alabama.^ UFC - Fight Night 12 .
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^ UFC Fight Night 12 .
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^ Thirty-six states enacted laws that banned "no-holds-barred" fighting, including New York, which enacted the ban on the eve of UFC 12, forcing a relocation of the event to Dothan, Alabama.
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[18] .The UFC continued to air on DirecTV PPV, though its audience remained minuscule compared to the larger cable pay-per-view platforms of the era.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC 103 Pay Per View Locations .
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UFC Hall of Famer Randy "The Natural" Couture debuted in 1997 as the UFC underwent reform.
.In response to the criticism, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and redesigned its rules to remove the less palatable elements of fights—while retaining the core elements of striking and grappling.^ They [the state athletic commissions] do.
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^ In response to the criticism, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and redesigned its rules to remove the less palatable elements of fights while retaining the core elements of striking and grappling.
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^ But as far as the fights, the athletic commission does that.
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.UFC 12 saw the introduction of weight-classes.^ UFC 12 saw the introduction of weight-classes.
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^ The WEC hosts the lighter weight classes in MMA, whereas the UFC tends to focus on the heavier weight classes.
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^ The UFC imposed weight classes, ending the David-and-Goliath mismatches that made early fights so compelling.
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.From UFC 14 gloves became mandatory and kicks to a downed opponent, hair pulling, fish-hooking, headbutting, and groin strikes were banned.^ From UFC 14 gloves became mandatory and kicks to a downed opponent, hair pulling, fish hooking, headbutting, and groin strikes were banned.
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^ No headbutting, eye gouging, hair pulling, biting or fish-hooking.
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^ Headbutts, groin strikes, elbow strikes to the back of the neck and head, kicks to a downed opponent, small joint manipulation, pressure point strikes, and hair-pulling became illegal.
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.UFC 15 saw more limitations on permissible striking areas: strikes to the back of the neck and head, and small joint manipulations were banned.^ It banned head butts and groin strikes.
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^ Gloves were to be approved by the UFC. UFC 15 - Limits on permissible striking areas were introduced.
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^ Small joint manipulation.
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.With five-minute rounds introduced at UFC 21, the UFC gradually re-branded itself as a sport, rather than a spectacle.^ In a UFC competition every round is five minutes in duration.
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^ Rounds Every round in UFC competition is five minutes in duration.
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^ With five-minute rounds introduced at UFC 21, the UFC gradually re-branded itself as a sport rather than a spectacle.
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[19]
.As the UFC continued to work with state athletic commissions, events took place in smaller U.S. markets, including Iowa, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming and Alabama.^ They [the state athletic commissions] do.
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^ As the UFC continued to work with state athletic commissions, events took place in smaller U.S. markets, including Iowa, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming and Alabama.
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^ In response to the criticism, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and redesigned its rules to remove the less palatable elements of fights while retaining the core elements of striking and grappling.
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.SEG could not secure home-video releases for UFC 23 through UFC 29.^ The UFC slowly, but steadily, rose in popularity after the Zuffa purchase, due partly to effective advertising[citation needed], corporate sponsorship, the return to cable pay-per-view, and subsequent home video and DVD releases.
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^ SEG could not secure home video releases for UFC 23 through UFC 29 in a period known by some fans as the "dark days" of the UFC. With other mixed martial arts promotions working towards U.S. sanctioning, the International Fighting Championships secured the first U.S. sanctioned mixed martial arts event, which occurred in New Jersey on September 30, 2000.
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With other mixed martial arts promotions working towards U.S. sanctioning, the International Fighting Championships secured the first U.S. sanctioned mixed martial arts event, which occurred in New Jersey on September 30, 2000. Just two months later, the UFC held its first sanctioned event, UFC 28, under the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board's "Unified Rules".[20]
.McCain's opinion of the sport has changed since reform.^ McCain's opinions have now been revised and he is quoted as saying: "The sport has grown up.
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.He stated, "The sport has grown up.^ McCain's opinions have now been revised and he is quoted as saying: "The sport has grown up.
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.The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition."^ The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition."
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^ As an athlete myself, I know that adopting my health protocol has allowed me to perform so much better than I would have if I hadn't done so.
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[21]
.As the UFC's rules started to evolve, so too did its field of competitors.^ At the start of 2007, it seems like there are basically three competitors to UFC: PRIDE FC (PRIDE), the International Fight League (IFL), and EliteXC, which will air fights on Showtime.
  • One-on-one with UFC President Dana White - baltimoresun.com 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.baltimoresun.com [Source type: General]

^ But now competitors must abide by the rules regarding UFC attire on stage.
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.Notable UFC fighters to emerge in this era include Mark Coleman, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture, Mikey Burnett, Pat Miletich, Chuck Liddell, Pedro Rizzo, Jeremy Horn, Pete Williams, Jens Pulver, Evan Tanner, Matt Hughes and Andrei Arlovski, among others.^ Randy Courtire was dominating all the way through the match and Tito Ortiz did not get off the blocks during the matchup at all.
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^ GS: Obviously, you have some household names on the list--heavyweights like Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, along with other well-known stars like Quinton Jackson, Chuck Liddell, and Tito Ortiz.
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^ By rss@youtube.com (Asig40oz) Author: Asig40oz Keywords: UFC UWC Tito Ortiz MMA Jenna Jameson Bloodyknux.Com Added: May 22, 2009 .
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Zuffa Purchase

Current UFC President Dana White
After the long battle to secure sanctioning, SEG stood on the brink of bankruptcy when Station Casinos executives Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and aerobics instructor Dana White approached them in 2001, with an offer to purchase the UFC. A month later, in January 2001, the Fertittas bought the UFC for $2 million and created Zuffa, LLC as the parent entity controlling the UFC.[22]
.With ties to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (Lorenzo Fertitta was a former member of the NSAC), Zuffa secured sanctioning in Nevada in 2001.[23] Shortly thereafter, the UFC returned to pay-per-view cable television with UFC 33: Victory in Vegas featuring three championship bouts.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC 103 Pay Per View Locations .
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Turn-around and struggle for survival

.The UFC slowly, but steadily, rose in popularity after the Zuffa purchase, due partly to greater advertising,[24] corporate sponsorship, the return to cable pay-per-view and subsequent home video and DVD releases.^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ By 1998 the UFC had lost its pay-per-view distribution.
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^ Thank God for pay per view.
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.
Canadian fighter Georges St-Pierre (a.k.a.
^ Thiago Alves vs Georges St-Pierre (WW Title) To me, this is the best play of the night.
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^ Here I detail why at UFC 83 Georges St Pierre is going to lose.
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^ Georges St Pierre .
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GSP) - as of 2010 Welterweight Champion
.With larger live gates at casino venues like the Trump Taj Mahal and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and pay-per-view buys beginning to return to levels enjoyed by the UFC prior to the political backlash in 1997, the UFC secured its first television deal with Fox Sports Net.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC 103 Pay Per View Locations .
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The Best Damn Sports Show Period aired the first mixed martial arts match on American cable television in June 2002, as well as the main event showcasing Chuck Liddell vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 37.5.[25] .Later, FSN would air highlight shows from the UFC, featuring one hour blocks of the UFC's greatest bouts.^ Later, FSN would air highlight shows from the UFC, showcasing one hour blocks of the UFC's greatest bouts.
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^ Between live bouts, taped fights, wrap-up programs, and the fourth season of the reality show, Spike TV now beams an average of 15 hours of UFC programming each week.
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^ The aptly titled "Stacked" features two title fights, an important fight for one of the promotion's marquee attractions and the debut of one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
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At UFC 40, pay-per-view buys hit 150,000 for a card headlined by a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and UFC veteran Ken Shamrock, who had previously defected to professional wrestling in the WWF before returning to MMA. It was the first time the UFC hit such a high mark since being forced "underground" in 1997.[26]
.Despite the success, the UFC was still experiencing financial deficits.^ Despite the success, the UFC was still experiencing financial deficits, and by 2004, Zuffa had $34 million of losses since the purchase.
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.By 2004, Zuffa had $34 million of losses since they purchased the UFC.[27] Fighters who came into prominence after Zuffa's takeover include B.J. Penn, Sean Sherk, Matt Serra, Ricco Rodriguez, Robbie Lawler, Frank Mir, Rich Franklin, Karo Parisyan, Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.^ Video: UFC 83 Georges St Pierre vs Matt Serra 2 Review .
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^ Georges St. Pierre after defeating Sean Sherk .
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^ A throwaway show becomes a hit By 2004 they were $34 million deep into the UFC and had little to show for it.
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The Ultimate Fighter and mainstream emergence

Joe Rogan, comedian and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner under Eddie Bravo, broadcasts as color commentator at Fight Night 7
.Faced with the prospect of folding, the UFC stepped outside the bounds of pay-per-view and made a foray into television.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC 103 Pay Per View Locations .
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.After being featured in a reality television series, American Casino,[28] and seeing how well the series worked as a promotion vehicle, the Fertitta brothers developed the idea of the UFC having its own reality series.^ After being featured in a reality television series, American Casino, and seeing how well the series worked as a promotion vehicle, the Fertitta brothers developed the idea of the UFC having its own reality series.
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^ In 1992 Davie proposed an eight man, single-elimination UFC tournament with a working title of War of the Worlds to Rorion Gracie and John Milius, as he was inspired by the Gracies in Action video series which featured various martial arts masters being defeated using Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
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^ Davie and twenty-eight investors contributed to start WOW promotions, in order to develop the UFC tournament into a television franchise.
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.Their idea, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) – a reality television show not unlike Survivor, but featuring up-and-coming MMA fighters in competition for a six-figure UFC contract, with fighters eliminated from competition via exhibition mixed martial arts matches – was pitched to several networks, each one rejecting the idea outright.^ Their idea, The Ultimate Fighter – a reality television show not unlike Survivor, but featuring up-and-coming MMA fighters in competition, with fighters eliminated from competition via exhibition mixed martial arts matches – was pitched to several networks, each one rejecting the idea outright.
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^ UFC never fails to deliver when it comes to excellent match-ups.
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^ Mixed Martial Arts rules .
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.Not until they approached Spike TV, with an offer to pay the $10 million production costs themselves, did they find an outlet.^ Not until they approached Spike TV, with an offer to pay the $10 million production costs themselves, did they find an outlet.
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^ They countered with Anderson Silva on Spike TV and the landscape has never been the same.
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[27]
TUF alum Shonie Carter weighs-in for his fight with "The Irish Hand Grenade" Marcus Davis.
In January 2005, Spike TV launched TUF in the timeslot following WWE Raw. The show became an instant success, culminating with a notable season finale brawl featuring finalists Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar[29] going toe-to-toe for the right to earn the six-figure contract, an event that Dana White credits for saving the UFC.[30]
.On the heels of the Griffin/Bonnar finale, a second season of The Ultimate Fighter launched in August 2005, and two more seasons appeared in 2006. Spike and the UFC continue to create and air new seasons.^ A second season of The Ultimate Fighter launched in August 2005, and two more seasons appeared in 2006.
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^ Spike TV and the UFC continue to create and air new seasons.
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^ On June 24, 2006, during The Ultimate Fighter 3 finale, which was broadcast live on Spike TV , Couture became the fourth fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame , joining Royce Gracie , Dan Severn , and Ken Shamrock .
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[31]
.Following the success of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike also picked up UFC Unleashed, an hour-long weekly show featuring select fights from previous events.^ Comedian Joe Rogan broadcasting as color commentator at UFC Fight Night 7Following the success of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV also picked up UFC Unleashed, an hour-long weekly show featuring select fights from previous events.
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^ McCain himself led a campaign to ban Ultimate Fighting, calling it "human cockfighting", and sending letters to the governors of all fifty U.S. states asking them to ban the event.
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^ Their idea, The Ultimate Fighter – a reality television show not unlike Survivor, but featuring up-and-coming MMA fighters in competition, with fighters eliminated from competition via exhibition mixed martial arts matches – was pitched to several networks, each one rejecting the idea outright.
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.Spike also signed on to broadcast live UFC Fight Night, a series of fight events debuting in August 2005; Countdown specials to promote upcoming UFC pay-per-view cards, and several other series and specials featuring and promoting the UFC and its fighters.^ UFC Fight Night 20 Analysis .
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^ Comments for: “ufc 104 fight card” .
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^ UFC 104 Fight Card Live Tweet.
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Surging popularity and growth

Hall of Famer Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (right), posing with American boxing gold medalist Howard Davis Jr.
.With increased visibility, the UFC's pay-per-view buy numbers exploded.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ UFC 103 Pay Per View Locations .
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.UFC 52, the first event after the first season of The Ultimate Fighter which featured eventual-UFC Hall of Famer Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell avenging his defeat to fellow future Hall of Famer Randy Couture, drew a pay-per-view audience of 300,000,[32] doubling its previous benchmark of 150,000 set at UFC 40.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 52 - Couture vs Liddell 2 .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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.Following the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC's much-hyped rubber match between Liddell and Couture drew an estimated 410,000 pay-per-view buys at UFC 57.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations .
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^ Following the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC's much-hyped rubber match between Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell drew an estimated 410,000 pay-per-view buys at UFC 57.
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For the rest of 2006, pay-per-view buy rates continued to skyrocket, with 620,000 buys for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie—featuring Royce Gracie's first UFC fight in 11 years—and 775,000 buys for UFC 61 featuring the rematch between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 3.[33] .The organization hit a milestone with UFC 66, pitting Ortiz against Liddell with over 1 million buys.^ Ortiz asked to be given a boxing match against you when he re-signed with the UFC. Is your boxing match with Ortiz still going to happen?
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^ In October, the UFC Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock card pulled in 4.2 million viewers.

^ A throwaway show becomes a hit By 2004 they were $34 million deep into the UFC and had little to show for it.
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[34]
.The surge in popularity prompted the UFC to beef up its executive team.^ BJPenn.com and MMAHotStuff have teamed up to give away two tickets to UFC 101 taking place in Philadelphia !
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^ With a cable television deal and legalization of MMA in California, a hotbed for MMA fandom, the UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with heightened media coverage.
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^ Once the UFC brand was launched, MMA popularity surged in Brazil, followed by immense interest in Japan where these bouts became major events.
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.In March 2006, the UFC announced that it had hired Marc Ratner, former Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission,[35] as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.^ In March 2006, the UFC announced that it had hired Marc Ratner, former Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, as Vice President.
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^ That's the reason we brought Marc Ratner on board from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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^ As the UFC continued to work with state athletic commissions, events took place in smaller U.S. markets, including Iowa, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming and Alabama.
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.Ratner, once an ally of Senator McCain's campaign against no holds barred fighting, became a catalyst for the emergence of sanctioned mixed martial arts in the United States.^ Mixed martial arts fighting its way into the mainstream .
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^ In the world of mixed martial arts, it seems it's not enough to have a good fight.
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^ You love mixed martial arts.
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.Ratner continues to educate numerous athletic commissions[36] to help raise the UFC's media profile in an attempt to legalize mixed martial arts in jurisdictions inside and outside the United States that have yet to sanction the sport.^ They [the state athletic commissions] do.
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^ You love mixed martial arts.
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^ You can say what you will about the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
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.In December 2006, Zuffa acquired the northern California-based promotion World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).^ According to MMA weekly's website, on Dec 12th 2007 Zuffa will complete the transaction of buying WEC World Extreme Cagefighting.
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^ It'll air on the Web site [ufc.com], and it'll re-air with a whole show built around it on Spike TV. In December, Zuffa announced the acquisition of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), as an entity that will hold its own events.
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^ The classical music blasting over the phone as I waited on hold for a World Extreme Cagefighting conference call was a real disconnect.
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.The WEC showcases lighter weight classes in MMA, whereas the UFC features heavier weight classes.^ The WEC hosts the lighter weight classes in MMA, whereas the UFC tends to focus on the heavier weight classes.
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^ Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, owns and operates the UFC. The UFC focuses on the heavier weight classes in MMA, whereas its sister promotion, the WEC, focuses on the lighter weights.
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^ This new set of rules is currently the de facto standard for MMA events held in the USA and is still in use by the UFC. UFC 31 Weight classes are re-aligned to the current standard.
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[37] .Notable fighters included Urijah Faber, Miguel Angel Torres, Mike Thomas Brown, Brian Bowles and Jose Aldo.^ Brown lost his World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title two months ago in Las Vegas to Jose Aldo.
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^ Urijah Faber vs. Jose Aldo coming soon ...
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^ Harris talks about Urijah Faber, MMA in Sacramento, and upcoming WEC Sacramento Fighters Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, and Danny Castillo .
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UFC's global expansion has taken it to the UK, as demonstrated in this billboard featuring Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout
.The sport's popularity was also noticed by the sports betting community as BodogLife.com, an online gambling site, stated in July 2007 that in 2007 UFC would surpass boxing for the first time in terms of betting revenues.^ BodogLife.com, a popular online gambling site, stated in July 2007, that 2007 would be the first year that the UFC will surpass boxing in terms of betting revenues.
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^ "UFC set to surpass boxing in betting revenue".
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^ The UFC continued its rapid rise: from near obscurity in 2005, to gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine in May 2007.
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[38] .In fact, the UFC had already broken the pay-per-view industry's all-time records for a single year of business, generating over $222,766,000 in revenue in 2006, surpassing both WWE and boxing.^ Continue reading "UFC 102 Pay Per View Locations" » .
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^ It has also regained its position in pay-per-view.
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^ "UFC set to surpass boxing in betting revenue".
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[39]
The UFC continued its rapid rise from near obscurity with Roger Huerta gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated and Chuck Liddell on the front of ESPN The Magazine in May 2007.[40]
.UFC programming is now shown in 36 countries worldwide,[41] and the UFC plans to continue expanding internationally, running shows regularly in Canada and the U.K., with an office established in the U.K. aimed to expand the European audience.^ UFC programming is now shown in 36 countries worldwide,[26] and the UFC plans to continue expanding internationally, running shows regularly in Canada and the United Kingdom, with an office established in the UK aimed to expand the European UFC audience.
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^ UFC can be now seen in 34 countries worldwide, and with a cable television deal that has expanded into Canada, Europe and new markets within the United States.UFC has witnessed a remarkable increase in popularity, and also with immense media coverage.
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^ UFC fight programs are also distributed internationally throughout the world, including broadcast on Viewer’s Choice in Canada, MAIN EVENT in Australia, Globosat in Brazil and Setanta and Bravo in the United Kingdom.
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[42] .UFC has also held events in Germany and Australia, while United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and the Philippines are candidates for future events.^ UFC fight programs are also distributed internationally throughout the world, including broadcast on Viewer’s Choice in Canada, MAIN EVENT in Australia, Globosat in Brazil and Setanta and Bravo in the United Kingdom.
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^ YouTube-Africa * 227's YouTube Japan * 227's YouTube-China * 227's YouTube Canada * 227's YouTube Australia * 227's YouTube France 227's YouTube-Germany * 227's YouTube-Italy * 227's YouTube-Russia * 227's YouTube-United Kingdom * 227's YouTube-Mexico 227's Boise TV Tube!!!
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^ The promotion takes its show to Newcastle, England, after the UFC held two events in the country last year.
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[43]

Pride acquisition and beyond

Pride showcased elaborate event presentation to accompany a fighter roster that arguably surpassed the UFC's.
.On March 27, 2007, the UFC and their Japan-based rival the Pride Fighting Championships announced an agreement in which the majority owners of the UFC, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, would purchase the Pride brand.^ UFC-57 (Ultimate Fighting Championship)!
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^ In a deal similar to the National Football League AFC / NFC merger, on March 27, 2007 The UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships announced an agreement in which the majority owners of the UFC, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, would purchase the PRIDE brand.
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^ UFC-66 UFC 66-"Ultimate Fighting Championship!"
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[44][45]
.The acquisition of Pride was perceived by UFC officials as a watershed moment for mixed martial arts.^ You love mixed martial arts.
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^ MMA: Mixed martial arts .
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^ Mixed Martial Arts (251) .
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"This is really going to change the face of MMA," Lorenzo Fertitta declared. ."Literally creating a sport that could be as big around the world as football.^ It created a big-event atmosphere and got the mixed martial arts world buzzing.
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^ Sports Blog : Sports Gaming in Japan: World Club Champion Football .
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^ Sports Gaming in Japan: World Club Champion Football .
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I liken it somewhat to when the NFC and AFC came together to create the NFL."[44]
.Initial intentions were for both organizations to be run separately but aligned together with plans to co-promote cards featuring the champions and top contenders from both organizations.^ Initial intentions were for both organizations to be separately run but aligned together and there were plans to co-promote supercards featuring champions and top contenders from both organizations.
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^ The Site may also offer co-branded services and features, such as events and Promotions that we put together with another company or our Parent Companies or Affiliates (" Co-Branded Partner ") and that may be hosted on the Site and/or our Co-Branded Partner's website.
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^ The card for MFC 25: Vindication will feature the top fighters in the MFC and a major title fight.
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.However, Dana White felt that the Pride model wasn't sustainable [46] and the organization would likely fold with many former Pride fighters such as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and others already being realigned under the UFC brand.^ Arona had lots of success with wins over Dan Henderson, Murilo Rua, and Wanderlei Silva.
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^ Dan Henderson's days with the UFC are over.
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^ With this development, many of Pride's elite fighters have dispersed to other organizations.
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[47] .On October 4, 2007, Pride Worldwide closed its Japanese office, laying off 20 people who were working there since the closing of its parent company Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE).^ Wait, there were Japanese fighters in Pride?
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^ On October 4, 2007, Pride Worldwide closed its Japanese office, laying off 20 people who were working there since the closing of DSE.[31] In December 2006, WEC became a sister organization to UFC, after being bought by Zuffa.
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^ PRIDE Worldwide Press Announcement Lorenzo J. Fertitta and Frank J. Fertitta, III announced today that a newly formed company, Pride FC Worldwide Holdings, LLC is purchasing the Pride® brand name and related assets from Dream Stage Entertainment, Inc., a Japanese joint stock corporation.
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[48]
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, one of many stars to emerge after the UFC's acquisition of Pride, seen slamming Ricardo Arona for a knockout from a triangle choke at Pride Critical Countdown 2004
In 2008, the UFC announced two major exclusive sponsorship deals with Harley-Davidson[49] and Anheuser-Busch InBev,[50] making the brewer's Bud Light the official and exclusive beer sponsor of the UFC.
.On June 18, 2008, Lorenzo Fertitta accommodated the UFC's growth by announcing his resignation from Station Casinos in order to devote his energies to the international business development of Zuffa, particularly the UFC. The move proved to be pivotal, as Fertitta helped strike TV deals in China, France, Mexico and Germany as well as open alternative revenue streams with a new UFC video game and UFC action figures, among other projects.^ In 2008, the UFC continue to expand to the mainstream by announcing two major exclusive sponsorship deals with Harley-Davidson[33] and InBev,[34] making the Belgian brewer's Bud Light the official and exclusive beer sponsor of the UFC. On June 18, 2008, Lorenzo Fertitta announced his resignation from Station Casinos in order to devote his energies to the international business development of Zuffa, particularly the UFC. [edit] Rules The current rules for the Ultimate Fighting Championship were originally established by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board.
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^ Under the strong leadership of owners Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta III, and expertise of President Dana White, the UFC brand continues to thrive across a spectrum of live event sports, television production and ancillary business development.
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^ In a deal similar to the National Football League AFC / NFC merger, on March 27, 2007 The UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships announced an agreement in which the majority owners of the UFC, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, would purchase the PRIDE brand.
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[51]
.Popularity took another major surge in 2009 with UFC 100 and the 10 events preceding it including UFC 90, 91, 92, 94 and 98. UFC 100 was a massive success garnering 1.7 million buys [52] under the drawing power of former NCAA wrestling champion and WWE star Brock Lesnar and his rematch with former Heavyweight champion Frank Mir, Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre going head-to-head with Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Alves, and Pride legend Dan Henderson going against British Middleweight Michael Bisping; rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: U.S.A. vs U.K..^ UFC® 92 THE ULTIMATE 2008 .
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^ Thiago Alves vs Georges St-Pierre (WW Title) To me, this is the best play of the night.
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^ WWE wrestling i'm more of a UFC fan!
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.Fighters exposed to the UFC audience—or who became prominent—in the post-Pride era include Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, Quinton Jackson, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Josh Koscheck, Nate Marquardt, Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez, among others.^ Dan Henderson's days with the UFC are over.
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^ Dear @ ufc : Best of Pride is NOT best of # UFC fighters in Pride.
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^ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua seemed to have done just that at UFC 104 on Saturday night, but the mere fact that UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida was still conscious at the end was apparently enough for the judges to give him the victory.
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Rules

Referee "Big" John McCarthy (left) is known for his use of the phrase "Let's Get It On!"
.The current rules for the Ultimate Fighting Championship were originally established by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board.^ UFC-57 (Ultimate Fighting Championship)!
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^ Ultimate Fighting Championship 109 .
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^ UFC-66 UFC 66-"Ultimate Fighting Championship!"
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[53] .The "Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts" that New Jersey established has been adopted in other states that regulate mixed martial arts, including Nevada, Louisiana, and California.^ Mixed martial arts organizations .
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^ Mixed Martial Arts (251) .
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^ The "Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts" that New Jersey established has been adopted in other states that regulate mixed martial arts, including Nevada, Louisiana, and California.
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.These rules are also used by many other promotions within the United States, becoming mandatory for those states that have adopted the rules, and so have become the standard de facto set of rules for professional mixed martial arts across the country.^ Mixed martial arts organizations .
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^ These rules are also used by many other promotions within the United States, becoming mandatory for those states that have adopted the rules, and so have become the standard de facto set of rules for professional mixed martial arts across the country.
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^ You love mixed martial arts.
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Rounds

UFC Octagon girl Arianny
.Every round in UFC competition is five minutes in duration.^ Rounds Every round in UFC competition is five minutes in duration.
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^ Rounds will be five minutes in duration.
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^ UFC 21 - Five minute rounds were introduced, with preliminary bouts consisting of two rounds, regular non-title bouts at three rounds, and title bouts at 5 five minute rounds.
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.Title matches have five such rounds, and non-title matches have three.^ Of the nine matches on the card, only three of them are worth watching; Piper v Bret, HBK v Santana and the WWE title match between Savage and Flair.
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^ My pick for the DVD is a two-falls three-way match for both the European and Intercontinental titles.
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.There is a one-minute rest period between rounds.^ A one-minute rest period will occur between each round.
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Weight divisions

The UFC currently uses five weight classes:
In addition, there are four other weight classes specified in the Unified Rules which the UFC does not currently use:
.The Flyweight, Bantamweight, and Featherweight classes are used in another promotion owned by Zuffa, LLC, World Extreme Cagefighting.^ The Flyweight, Bantamweight, and Featherweight classes are used in another promotion owned by Zuffa, LLC, World Extreme Cagefighting.
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^ According to MMA weekly's website, on Dec 12th 2007 Zuffa will complete the transaction of buying WEC World Extreme Cagefighting.
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^ It'll air on the Web site [ufc.com], and it'll re-air with a whole show built around it on Spike TV. In December, Zuffa announced the acquisition of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), as an entity that will hold its own events.
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Cage

Shot of The Octagon from UFC 74 ; Clay Guida vs. Marcus Aurelio
Inside the cage
.The UFC stages bouts in an eight-sided enclosure; "The Octagon."^ Cage The OctagonThe UFC stages bouts in an octagonal caged enclosure, "The Octagon."
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.Originally, SEG trademarked The Octagon and prevented other mixed martial arts promotions from using the same type of cage, but in 2001, Zuffa gave its permission for other promotions to use octagonal cages (while reserving use of the name "Octagon"), reasoning that the young sport needed uniformity to continue to win official sanctioning.^ You love mixed martial arts.
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^ You can say what you will about the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
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^ Originally, SEG trademarked The Octagon and prevented other mixed martial arts promotions from using the same type of cage, but in 2001, Zuffa gave its permission for other promotions to use octagonal cages (while reserving use of the name "Octagon"), reasoning that the young sport needed uniformity to continue to win official sanctioning.
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.The cage is an octagonal structure with walls of metal chain-link fence coated with black vinyl and a diameter of 32 ft (9.8 m), allowing 30 ft (9.1 m) of space from point to point.^ The cage is an eight-sided structure with walls of metal chain-link fence coated with black vinyl and a diameter of 32 ft (9.75 m), allowing 30 ft (9 m) of space from point to point.
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^ The cage is an eight-sided structure with walls of metal chain-link fence coated with black vinyl and a diameter of 32 ft (9.8 m), allowing 30 ft (9.1 m) of space from point to point.
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The fence is 5'6" to 5'8"  high. .The cage sits atop a platform, raising it 4 ft (1.2 m) from the ground.^ The cage sits atop a platform, raising it 4 ft (1.2 m) from the ground.
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.It has foam padding around the top of the fence and between each of the eight sections.^ It has foam padding around the top of the fence and between each of the eight sections.
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.It also has two entry-exit gates opposite each other.^ It also has two entry-exit gates opposite each other.
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[55] .The mat, painted with sponsorship logos and art, is replaced for each event.^ The mat, painted with sponsorship logos and art, is replaced for each event.
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Attire

.All competitors must fight in approved shorts, without shoes.^ Attire All competitors must fight in approved shorts, without shoes.
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^ Scoring: The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
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^ Judging criteria The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
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.Shirts, gis or long pants (including gi pants) are not allowed.^ Shirts, gis or long pants (including gi pants) are not allowed.
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.Fighters must use approved light-weight open-fingered gloves, that include at least 1" of padding around the knuckles, (110 to 170 g / 4 to 6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab.^ Fighters must use approved light-weight open-fingered gloves, that include at least 1" of padding around the knuckles, (110 to 170 g / 4 to 6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab.
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^ GS: Some fighters can switch weight classes—for example, Anderson Silva who can go from Middleweight up to Light Heavyweight.
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^ UFC 14 - The wearing of padded gloves, weighing 110 to 170 g (4 to 6 ounces), becomes mandatory.
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These gloves enable fighters to punch with less risk of an injured or broken hand, while retaining the ability to grab and grapple.
.Originally the attire for UFC was very open if controlled at all.^ Originally the attire for UFC was very open if controlled at all.
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.Many fighters still chose to wear tight-fitting shorts or boxing-type trunks, while others wore long pants or singlets.^ Many fighters still chose to wear tight-fitting shorts or boxing-type trunks, while others wore long pants or singlets.
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^ The MFC had many opportunities to team up with other apparel companies but I chose Headrush because of their passion and drive.
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^ With this development, many of Pride's elite fighters have dispersed to other organizations.
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Multi-time tournament champion Royce Gracie wore a jiujitsu gi in all his early appearances in UFC.

Match outcome

Matches usually end via:
.
  • Submission: a fighter clearly taps on the mat or his opponent or verbally submits.
  • Technical Submission: A technical submission is achieved when the referee stops a fight due to an injury resulting from a submission hold or due to a fighter going unconscious from a choke.
  • Knockout: a fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knockout (TKO): If a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ended as a technical knockout.^ Technical knockout by the referee stopping the contest.
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    ^ Technical Knockout (TKO): If a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ended as a technical knockout.
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    ^ Knockout: a fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
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    Technical knockouts can be classified into three categories:
    • doctor stoppage (a ringside doctor due to injury or impending injury, as when blood flows into the eyes and blinds a fighter)
    • corner stoppage (a fighter's own cornerman signals defeat for their own fighter)
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for fighter A)
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a draw)
    • split decision (two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B)
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw)
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw, one judge scoring a win)
    • split draw (one judge scores a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B, and one judge scores a draw)
Note: In the event of a draw, it is not necessary that the fighters' total points be equal (see, e.g., UFC 41 Penn vs. Uno, or UFC 43 Freeman vs. White). .However, in a unanimous or split draw, each fighter does score an equal number of win judgments from the three judges (0 or 1, respectively).^ However, in a unanimous or split draw, each fighter does score an equal number of win judgments from the three judges (0 or 1, respectively).
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^ Scoring: The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
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^ However, Vera is reported to only have one fight left on his contract and UFC is reported to have a policy that it does not give title fights to fighters who are not signed to multi-fight contracts.
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.A fight can also end in a technical decision, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest.^ A fight can also end in a technical decision, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest.
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^ The fight was initially declared a draw, with the scores announced as 28-28, 29-28 for Hutcherson and 29-28 for MacDonald, who looked bemused at the decision.
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^ Fights could now be decided by a judges decision if the fight reached the end of the time limit.
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The latter two outcomes have no winners.

Judging criteria

.The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.^ Judging criteria The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
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^ If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points.
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^ The "ten point must system" was introduced for scoring fights (identical to the system widely used in boxing).
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.If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points.^ If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points.
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^ Scoring: The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
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^ The fight ends up going on for so long that both fighters become exhausted nearly to the point of losing consciousness.
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In New Jersey, the fewest points a fighter can receive is 7, and in other states by custom no fighter receives fewer than 8.

Fouls

The Nevada State Athletic Commission currently lists the following as fouls:[56]
.
  1. Butting with the head
  2. Eye gouging of any kind
  3. Biting
  4. Hair pulling
  5. Fish hooking
  6. Groin attacks of any kind
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.^ Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
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    ^ Eye gouging of any kind.
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    ^ Groin attacks of any kind.
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    .(see Gouging)
  8. Small joint manipulation
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head (see Rabbit punch)
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow (see Elbow (strike))
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
  13. Grabbing the clavicle
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.^ Elbow (strike)) Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
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    ^ Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
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    ^ Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
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    (see piledriver)
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
  21. Spitting at an opponent
  22. Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence
  24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area
  25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  27. Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round
  28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
  29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
  30. Interference by the corner
  31. Throwing in the towel during competition
.When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty.^ When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty.
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^ If that attempt fails or if the fighter continues to hold the cage, the referee may charge a foul.
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^ The fact he deducted a point made it even more laughable.
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.If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional.^ If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional.
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^ If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.
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^ A fight can also end in a technical decision, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest.
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.If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.^ If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.
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^ Technical Knockout (TKO): If a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ended as a technical knockout.
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^ While he isn't the same fighter from his Pride days, Henderson remains one of the best Middleweights in MMA. He knows how to win and is fine with grinding out decisions.
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Match conduct

.
  • After a verbal warning the referee can stop the fighters and stand them up if they reach a stalemate on the ground (where neither are in a dominant position or working towards one).^ And now you're starting to see fighters go one step further in how they interact with fans.
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    ^ Are they the ones that mandate how many fighters get tested and which fighters to test?
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    ^ The best up-and-coming mixed martial artists from around the world convene in pursuit of one goal: to be named The Ultimate Fighter.
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    .This rule is codified in Nevada as the stand-up rule.
  • If the referee pauses the match, it is resumed with the fighters in their prior positions.
  • Grabbing the cage brings a verbal warning, followed by an attempt by the referee to release the grab by pulling on the grabbing hand.^ This rule is codified in Nevada as the stand-up rule.
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    ^ If the referee pauses the match, it is resumed with the fighters in their prior positions.
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    ^ Grabbing the cage brings a verbal warning, followed by an attempt by the referee to release the grab by pulling on the grabbing hand.
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    .If that attempt fails or if the fighter continues to hold the cage, the referee may charge a foul.
  • Early UFC events disregarded verbal sparring / "trash-talking" during matches.^ Early UFC events disregarded verbal sparring / "trash-talking" during matches.
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    ^ If that attempt fails or if the fighter continues to hold the cage, the referee may charge a foul.
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    ^ As the UFC continued to work with state athletic commissions, events took place in smaller U.S. markets, including Iowa, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming and Alabama.
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    Under unified rules, antics are permitted before events to add to excitement and allow fighters to express themselves, but abusive language during combat is prohibited.

Evolution of the rules

  • UFC 1 – Although the advertising said there are no rules, there were in fact some rules: no biting, no eye-gouging, and no small joint manipulation. .Fights ended only in the event of a knockout, a submission, usually signaled by tapping the hand three times on the mat or opponent, or by the corner throwing in the towel.^ Fights ended only in the event of a knockout, a submission, usually signaled by tapping the hand three times on the mat or opponent, or by the corner throwing in the towel.
    • UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championships 25 September 2009 15:48 UTC www.califcity.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Multi-time tournament champion Royce Gracie wore a jiujitsu gi in all his early appearances in UFC. [edit] Match outcome Matches usually end via: Submission: a fighter clearly taps on the mat or his opponent or verbally submits.
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    ^ He wants to fight Sylvia and be the only man to win the heavyweight title three times.
    • One-on-one with UFC President Dana White - baltimoresun.com 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.baltimoresun.com [Source type: General]

    .Despite this, the first match in UFC 1 was won by referee stoppage, even though it was not officially recognized as such at the time.
  • UFC 2 – Time limits were dropped.^ UFC 2 - Time limits were dropped.
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    ^ Despite this, the first match in UFC 1 was won by referee stoppage, even though it was not officially recognized as such at the time.
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    ^ Views 0 Comments Likes: 0 Matt Mitrione gets the official word from the doctor that he's ready fight, even though he was never really suspended.
    • The Ultimate Fighter | SPIKE 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    .Groin strikes were unbanned, though it was still illegal to attempt to grab the genitals.^ Groin strikes were unbanned, though it was still illegal to attempt to grab the genitals.
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    .Modifications to the cage were added (higher fences and less floor padding.^ Modifications to the cage were added (higher fences and less floor padding.
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    )
  • .
  • UFC 3 – The referee was officially given the authority to stop a fight in case of a fighter being unable to defend himself.^ UFC 3 - The referee was officially given the authority to stop a fight in case of a fighter being unable to defend himself.
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    ^ UFC 5 also saw the first Superfight, a one-off bout between two competitors selected by the organizers with the winner being crowned 'Superfight champion' and having the duty of defending his title at the next UFC. UFC 6 - The referee was given the authority to restart the fight.
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    ^ However, Vera is reported to only have one fight left on his contract and UFC is reported to have a policy that it does not give title fights to fighters who are not signed to multi-fight contracts.
    • One-on-one with UFC President Dana White - baltimoresun.com 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.baltimoresun.com [Source type: General]

    .A fighter could not kick if he was wearing shoes.^ A fighter could not kick if he was wearing shoes.
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    .This rule would be discarded in later competitions.
  • UFC 4 – After tournament alternate Steve Jennum won UFC 3 by winning only one bout, alternates (replacements) were required to win a pre-tournament bout to qualify for the role of an alternate.
  • UFC 5 – The organizers introduced a 30-minute time limit.^ UFC 2 - Time limits were dropped.
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    ^ UFC 4 - After tournament alternate Steve Jennum won UFC 3 by winning only one bout, alternates (replacements) were required to win a pre-tournament bout to qualify for the role of an alternate.
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    ^ This rule would be discarded in later competitions.
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    .UFC 5 also saw the first Superfight, a one-off bout between two competitors selected by the organizers with the winner being crowned 'Superfight champion' and having the duty of defending his title at the next UFC.
  • UFC 6 – The referee was given the authority to restart the fight.^ UFC 3 - The referee was officially given the authority to stop a fight in case of a fighter being unable to defend himself.
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    ^ UFC 5 also saw the first Superfight, a one-off bout between two competitors selected by the organizers with the winner being crowned 'Superfight champion' and having the duty of defending his title at the next UFC. UFC 6 - The referee was given the authority to restart the fight.
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    ^ I hope he makes it into the UFC HOF. After all, he had many battles inside the octagon, was a former Middleweight champion and once had a title shot for the light heavyweight crown.
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    .If two fighters were entangled in a position where there was a lack of action, the referee could stop the fight and restart the competitors on their feet, in their own corner.^ If two fighters were entangled in a position where there was a lack of action, the referee could stop the fight and restart the competitors on their feet, in their own corner.
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    ^ UFC 43 - In the event of a stoppage fights restart in the position the fight was stopped.
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    ^ At the start of 2007, it seems like there are basically three competitors to UFC: PRIDE FC (PRIDE), the International Fight League (IFL), and EliteXC, which will air fights on Showtime.
    • One-on-one with UFC President Dana White - baltimoresun.com 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.baltimoresun.com [Source type: General]

    .In UFC 6 they officially adopted the 5 minute extension to the 30 minute rule which had been used in UFC 5.
  • UFC 8 – Time limit changed to 10 minutes in the first two rounds of the tournament, 15 minutes in the tournament final and Superfight.^ In UFC 6 they officially adopted the 5 minute extension to the 30 minute rule which had been used in UFC 5.
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    ^ UFC 2 - Time limits were dropped.
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    ^ UFC 8 - Time limit changed to 10 minutes in the first two rounds of the tournament, 15 minutes in the tournament final and Superfight.
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    .Fights could now be decided by a judges decision if the fight reached the end of the time limit.^ Fights could now be decided by a judges decision if the fight reached the end of the time limit.
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    ^ Fights ended only in the event of a knockout, a submission, usually signaled by tapping the hand three times on the mat or opponent, or by the corner throwing in the towel.
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    ^ A fight can also end in a technical decision, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest.
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    .The panel was made up of three judges who simply raised a card with the name of the fighter they considered to be the winner.^ The panel was made up of three judges who simply raised a card with the name of the fighter they considered to be the winner.
    • UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championships 25 September 2009 15:48 UTC www.califcity.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Scoring: The ten-point must system is in effect for all UFC fights; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or fewer.
    • Ultimate Fighting Championship® Discussion [07] - MMA: Mixed Martial Arts - Neoseeker Forums 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.neoseeker.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Of these three leagues, who do you consider to be your biggest competitor?
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    .In this fashion, a draw was not possible since the only two possible outcomes of a decision were 3 to 0 or 2 to 1 in favor of the winner.
  • UFC 9 – To appease local authorities, closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only.^ UFC 9 - To appease local authorities, closed fisted were banned for this event only.
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    ^ In this fashion, a draw was not possible since the only two possible outcomes of a decision were 3 to 0 or 2 to 1 in favor of the winner.
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    ^ The latter two outcomes have no winners.
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    .The commentators were not aware of this last minute rule that was made to prevent the cancellation of the event due to local political pressures.^ The commentators were not aware of this last minute rule that was made to prevent the cancellation of the event due to local political pressures.
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    ^ As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.
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    ^ As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event.
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    .Referee "Big John" McCarthy made repeated warnings to the fighters to "open the hand" when this rule was violated.^ Referee "Big John" McCarthy made repeated warnings to the fighters to "open the hand" when this rule was violated.
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    ^ First things first, Referee BIG JOHN MCCARTHY is huge.
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    ^ They even invited Big John McCarthy and Renzo Gracie to be referees.
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    .However, not one fighter was reprimanded.
  • Ultimate Ultimate 1996 This event was the first to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.
  • UFC 12 – The main tournament split into a heavyweight and lightweight division; and the eight-man tournament ceased.^ However, not one fighter was reprimanded.
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    ^ UFC in the heavyweight division.
    • The Ultimate Fighter | SPIKE 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ultimate Ultimate 1996 This event was the first to introduce the "no grabbing of the fence" rule.
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    .Fighters now needed to win only two fights to win the competition.^ Fighters now needed to win only two fights to win the competition.
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    ^ However, Vera is reported to only have one fight left on his contract and UFC is reported to have a policy that it does not give title fights to fighters who are not signed to multi-fight contracts.
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    ^ He wants to fight Sylvia and be the only man to win the heavyweight title three times.
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    .The Heavyweight Champion title (and title bouts) was introduced, replacing the Superfight title (albeit matches were still for a time branded as "Superfights").
  • UFC 14 – The wearing of padded gloves, weighing 110 to 170 g (4 to 6 ounces), becomes mandatory.^ The Heavyweight Champion title (and title bouts) was introduced, replacing the Superfight title (albeit matches were still for a time branded as "Superfights").
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    ^ UFC 14 - The wearing of padded gloves, weighing 110 to 170 g (4 to 6 ounces), becomes mandatory.
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    ^ Brandon Vera is a rising UFC heavyweight who defeated Frank Mir in his last bout and appeared poised for a heavyweight title fight with Sylvia.
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    .Gloves were to be approved by the UFC.
  • UFC 15 – Limits on permissible striking areas were introduced.^ Gloves were to be approved by the UFC. UFC 15 - Limits on permissible striking areas were introduced.
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    ^ From UFC 14 gloves became mandatory and kicks to a downed opponent, hair pulling, fish hooking, headbutting, and groin strikes were banned.
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    ^ Limits on permissible ring attire, stringent medical requirements, and regulatory oversight were also introduced.
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    .Headbutts, groin strikes, elbow strikes to the back of the neck and head, kicks to a downed opponent, small joint manipulation, pressure point strikes, and hair-pulling became illegal.
  • UFC 21 – Five minute rounds were introduced, with preliminary bouts consisting of two rounds, regular non-title bouts at three rounds, and title bouts at five rounds.^ Brandon Vera is a rising UFC heavyweight who defeated Frank Mir in his last bout and appeared poised for a heavyweight title fight with Sylvia.
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    ^ The exchanges throughout the contest were awesome, with everything looking like it hurt (which is the point) and the desire to hold a title being the main focus of all three wrestlers.
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    ^ When it arrives next year, UFC 2009 Undisputed will feature more than 80 licensed fighters pulled from all five of the league's weight classes.
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    .The "ten point must system" was introduced for scoring fights (identical to the system widely used in boxing).
  • UFC 28 – The New Jersey Athletic Control Board sanctions its first UFC event, using the newly developed Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.^ Just two months later, the UFC held its first sanctioned event, UFC 28, under the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board's "Unified Rules".
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    ^ Mixed martial arts organizations .
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    ^ Mixed Martial Arts (251) .
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    .Major changes to the UFC's rules included barring knee strikes to the head of a downed opponent, elbow strikes to the spine and neck and punches to the back of the neck and head.^ Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
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    ^ Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
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    ^ Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
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    Limits on permissible ring attire, stringent medical requirements, and regulatory oversight were also introduced. A new weight class system was also introduced.[58] .This new set of rules is currently the de facto standard for MMA events held in the USA and is still in use by the UFC.
  • UFC 31 Weight classes are re-aligned to the current standard.^ This new set of rules is currently the de facto standard for MMA events held in the USA and is still in use by the UFC. UFC 31 Weight classes are re-aligned to the current standard.
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    ^ A new weight class system was also introduced.
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    ^ The WEC hosts the lighter weight classes in MMA, whereas the UFC tends to focus on the heavier weight classes.
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    Bantamweight moves from 150 to 155 and becomes known as Lightweight. Lightweight becomes known as Welterweight, Middleweight becomes Light Heavyweight, and a new Middleweight class is introduced at 185.
  • UFC 43 – In the event of a stoppage fights restart in the position the fight was stopped.

The Ultimate Fighter

.Fights that occur on The Ultimate Fighter are classified as exhibition matches under NSAC sanctioning, and thus do not count toward the professional record of a fighter.^ The Ultimate Fighter Fights that occur on The Ultimate Fighter are classified as exhibition matches under NSAC sanctioning, and thus do not count toward the professional record of a fighter.
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^ After his ultimat fighter fight in 2000 against stephen bonner.
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.Match outcomes also do not need to be immediately posted publicly, which allows for fight results to be unveiled as the series progresses.^ Match outcomes also do not need to be immediately posted publicly, which allows for fight results to be unveiled as the series progresses.
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.These exhibition matches variably have two or three rounds, depending on the rules used for each season.^ Also, most of these guys are winded and spent three minutes into the first round.
  • The Ultimate Fighter | SPIKE 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ Last year you held two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter reality show -- season three and season four.
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^ My pick for the DVD is a two-falls three-way match for both the European and Intercontinental titles.
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.In most seasons, preliminary matches (before the semi-final bouts) were two rounds; in season two, all matches had three rounds.^ The two of them had a match at Backlash were it was Rock’s turn to do the favour (in this case, putting the new guy over) and, for the most part, leave the business behind him.
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^ As Ramon is two or three rungs from success, Shawn finally gets his leg out… but the action of his leg releasing the pressure on the ropes traps his arm instead.
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^ Also, most of these guys are winded and spent three minutes into the first round.
  • The Ultimate Fighter | SPIKE 11 January 2010 14:31 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

.For two-round matches, if there is a draw after two rounds, an extra five-minute round ("sudden victory") is contested.^ Sure, there were other matches to watch, but none of them were given any time and served more as an excuse to get people on the show rather than to have enthralling contests.
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^ Do you think there will be a third match between the two?
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^ I know fatigue happens but in two 5 minute rounds (come on be serious)!
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If the extra round concludes without a stoppage, the judges' decision will be based on that final round. .All matches past the first round use three rounds as per standard UFC bouts.^ Though they once again fought three furious rounds in the main event on Saturday at UFC 106, the end result was different this ...
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ PT Arena Doors Open 4:45pm PT First Bout 7:00pm PT Main Card Begins; UFC 102 Goes Live on Television and the Web .
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^ UFC closed 2006 with a high-profile pay-per-view bout, UFC 66.
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During the finales for each series, the division finals have the standard three rounds, plus a fourth round if the judges score a tie.

Notable Fighters

UFC championship belt

Current Champions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) United States Brock Lesnar November 15, 2008 (UFC 91) 1
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Brazil Lyoto Machida May 23, 2009 (UFC 98) 1
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) Brazil Anderson Silva October 14, 2006 (UFC 64) 5
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) Canada Georges St-Pierre April 19, 2008 (UFC 83) 3
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) United States BJ Penn January 19, 2008 (UFC 80) 3

UFC Hall of Fame inductees

(In the order inducted)

Accomplished fighters

.The following fighters have won a UFC tournament, championship title, or an Ultimate Fighter tournament.^ UFC-57 (Ultimate Fighting Championship)!
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^ UFC-66 UFC 66-"Ultimate Fighting Championship!"
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^ UFC 61-"Ultimate Fighting Championship!"
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Some have won championships in different weight classes.

Heavyweights

206 to 265 pounds (93 to 120 kg)

Light Heavyweights

186 to 205 pounds (84 to 93 kg)

Middleweights

171 to 185 pounds (78 to 84 kg)

Welterweights

156 to 170 pounds (71 to 77 kg)

Lightweights

146 to 155 pounds (66 to 70 kg)

In other media

Music

  • UFC: Ultimate Beat Downs, Vol. 1, an album of music featured in and inspired by the UFC.

Video games

Two UFC 2009 Undisputed covers, featuring Forrest Griffin (left) and GSP.
.In January 2007, Zuffa and videogame developer/publisher THQ announced a license agreement giving THQ worldwide rights to develop titles under the UFC brand.^ UFC. [edit] Video games Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC: Tapout UFC: Throwdown UFC: Tapout 2 UFC: Sudden Impact UFC 2009 Undisputed In January 2007, Zuffa and videogame developer/publisher THQ announced a license agreement giving THQ worldwide rights to develop titles under the UFC brand.
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^ The agreement gives THQ exclusive rights to current and next-generation consoles as well as PC and handheld titles.
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^ The first game to be released under this agreement is UFC 2009 Undisputed which was released on May 19, 2009.
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The agreement gives THQ exclusive rights to current and next-generation consoles as well as to PC and handheld titles. Also included are "certain wireless rights" which were not detailed. The licensing agreement is to expire in 2011.[60] UFC 2009 Undisputed became the first game released under this agreement on May 19, 2009.

Action figures

.On June 10, 2008 it was announced that UFC had signed an exclusive 4 year contract with Jakks Pacific to create action figures for UFC.[citation needed] As of 2009 the schedule envisages the release of these figures in November 2009. Series include the "UFC Deluxe Series Zero", which includes Royce Gracie, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Houston Alexander, Kendall Grove and Miguel Torres.^ Action figures On June 10, 2008 it was announced that UFC had signed an exclusive 4 year contract with Jakks Pacific to create action figures for UFC. Action figures include such fighters as Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, & Matt Hughes.
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^ UFC® Unleashed™ - Royce Gracie special .
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^ The UFC slowly, but steadily, rose in popularity after the Zuffa purchase, due partly to effective advertising[citation needed], corporate sponsorship, the return to cable pay-per-view, and subsequent home video and DVD releases.
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[61], and the ."UFC Deluxe Series 1" which includes Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping, Evan Tanner, Kevin Randleman, Cheick Kongo and Mike Swick.^ UFC® Unleashed™ - Evans vs. Griffin and more .
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^ Series two (released on November 10, 2008) includes Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva, Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk, Rich "Ace" Franklin, and Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
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^ Action figures On June 10, 2008 it was announced that UFC had signed an exclusive 4 year contract with Jakks Pacific to create action figures for UFC. Action figures include such fighters as Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, & Matt Hughes.
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[62] They will also release an "Official Scale Octagon Playset".[63]
.Figures are also available from the company Round 5.[64] Series one of their figures includes Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture.^ Figures are also available from the company Round 5[43].
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^ Action figures On June 10, 2008 it was announced that UFC had signed an exclusive 4 year contract with Jakks Pacific to create action figures for UFC. Action figures include such fighters as Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, & Matt Hughes.
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^ An exclusive version of the Randy Couture figure was released at the 2008 San Diego Comic Convention in which he has different colored shorts that are adorned with the Comic Con's Logo.
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.Series two (released on November 10, 2008) includes Wanderlei Silva, Sean Sherk, Rich Franklin, and Anderson Silva.^ Action figures On June 10, 2008 it was announced that UFC had signed an exclusive 4 year contract with Jakks Pacific to create action figures for UFC. Action figures include such fighters as Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, & Matt Hughes.
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^ Series two (released on November 10, 2008) includes Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva, Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk, Rich "Ace" Franklin, and Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
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An exclusive version of the Randy Couture figure was released at the 2008 San Diego Comic Convention in which he has different colored shorts that are adorned with the Comic Con's Logo.

DVD

.Every UFC event has been released onto DVD and DVD boxsets.^ So with that in mind, I decided to compile which matches from each of the previous Wrestlemania events would, in my opinion, make it onto the imaginary WWE DVD release, ‘The Best of Wrestlemania: The Ultimate Wrestlemania Card’.
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.UFC 23 through UFC 29 were not released in the US on home video or DVD by SEG, and many consider this period to be the "Dark Ages" of the UFC. Although they have since been released onto boxsets which feature around 10 events each set, in chronological order.^ So with that in mind, I decided to compile which matches from each of the previous Wrestlemania events would, in my opinion, make it onto the imaginary WWE DVD release, ‘The Best of Wrestlemania: The Ultimate Wrestlemania Card’.
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^ Home UK Wrestling Scene US Wrestling Scene International Wrestling Scene Video Games MMA Blogs Wrestling News Wrestling Shop Misc .
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See also

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