By Aaron Landry
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Challenge) is a very fast growing sport
in the United States and has been growing in popularity only
recently in the sports long history. In many respects, Ultimate
Fighting has surpassed in popularity over any other type of
fighting or wrestling sport, as it is a combination of both.
Less then ten years ago the sport was in danger of becoming
bankrupt. A few people kept the sport alive by continuing to
fund the event and sport and it made a stunning comeback. Now
the sport, full of international fighters, has national events
that are held on pay per view and can be seen world wide. There
are many opportunities arising in the UFC and the sport is yet
to meet its full potential as the fan base and popularity of the
sport itself is concerned.
UFC is by most means, an anything goes sport that requires a
great amount of strength, balance, quickness, and endurance. The
UFC holds fights in different weight classes that depend on
whether or not they are title fights. Title fights are
classified under five weight classes. Lightweight: 146 to 155 lb
(66 to 70 kg) Welterweight: 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
Middleweight: 171 to 185 lb (78 to 84 kg) Light Heavyweight: 186
to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg) Heavyweight: 206 to 265 lb (93 to 120
Non-title fights have a one pound leniency. In addition, there
are four other weight classes specified in the Unified Rules
which the UFC does not currently use: Flyweight: under 126 lb
(57 kg) Bantamweight: 126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg) Featherweight:
136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg) Super Heavyweight: above 265 lb
(120 kg). This is to ensure that the fight is fair as when two
people enter a ring that know what they are doing. Typically the
bigger person would win because of sheer mass and power to
overcome the smaller opponent. Fights vary in number of rounds
based on whether or not the fight is a title fight but last five
minutes each. Typically, there is about a one minute break
between each round for fighters to rest up before they get back
in the ring again.
The way a winner is crowned is by four different means. A
fighter can win by submission (where a fighter clearly taps
out), knock out (where a fighter is in a state of
unconsciousness), Technical Knock Out (TKO: where a fighter is
hurt to a point where they cannot continue the fight), and by
judges decision (where both fighters go the distance and one is
crowned by a points system that is tallied by qualified judges).
Judging occurs after each round is over with out a knock out or
submission. The winner of the match (according to the judges at
least) receive ten points and the loser receives nine or fewer.
If the round is to be seen as a tie, then both fighters receive
UFC is a very challenging sport to one's body. Workouts include
intense physical training and muscle building as well as
endurance training. Learning how to deal with attacks and pain
is also apart of the process as this is what the sport entails.
Learning how to fight, both on and off your feet, in this
growing sport, will allow you to become in shape physically as
well as boost your confidence and self esteem. This sport is as
street as you can get, as it prepares you for any kind of
fighting an attacker may be throwing at you. You will learn how
to defend kicks, punches, grabs, and locks as well as countering
attacks with your own.
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