mixed martial arts (MMA) combination
of boxing, wrestling,
judo, jujitsu and
Fighting has skyrocketed in popularity ever since its brutal "two men enter,
one man leaves" debut in 1993.
bit more regulated today, the sport in which ultimate
fighters enter the ring barefoot are still seen to be wearing little else but shorts,
a mouthpiece, and cup.
also must wear fingerless gloves (that allow for more incredibly
powerful punches) and adhere to a strict set of UFC rules
by which fights are judged.
Prohibited moves include biting, eye-gouging, head-butting, bending of fingers and toes - and hits
to the groin, throat or spine. Other than that, anything goes including the
Ultimate fighting machines are
paired in competitions inside an octagon-shaped cage. Matches consist of three
rounds each lasting five minutes requiring almost superhuman attributes of speed, strength and stamina.
UFC mixed martial arts is admittedly a young man's game. So it remained all the more amazing when UFC pioneer and fighting legend Randy Couture only finally decided to call it quits in May 2011. This, after a devastating knockout by 31-year-old Lyoto Machida. At the time of his retirement, Couture was 47.
The ultimate audience
fighting continues to deliver the goods among a growing hotbed of rabid 18-34
fans who are drawn to what they see as the anti WWE
real unstaged deal. And,
Octagon Girls certainly don't hurt the cause one bit.
now, viewership on cable channels continues to skyrocket as organizers continue to gain inroads
into hugely popular live venues in Las Vegas, New York and Texas as well as international venues in the UK.
the Web, get in on the action with video clips, photos, fighter profiles, busy
fan forums, news and announcements on championships and grudge matches, rules
& regulations plus more about the history of a sport that millions have come to
tag as the ultimate in unstaged combat ...
Ultimate Fighting Championship - The official site featuring
the complete pay-per-view and TV schedules, the latest news &
results, picture galleries, video clips, fighter bios, Octagon
Girls profiles, official rules, ticket information, free newsletter
with registration, online shop.
Forum - Join the fray at this busy message board with discussions on favorite
fighters, championship matches and mixed martial arts news.
- Fights, previews, promos & related news at YouTube.com with
dozens of visitor-submitted UFC videos.
Fighting Championship - Extensive background on the sport from Wikipedia,
including its history, rules & regs, judging criteria, fouls, current champs
and notable fighters, related pictures and resources