Mixed Martial Arts is not boxing. There’s very little padding of records to make fighters look tougher than they are. With that in mind, Randy Couture may have the most impressive MMA record of all time. After a successful amateur wrestling career, Couture worked as a coach until he decided to try his hand at mixed martial arts. He made his debut at UFC 13 in May 1997. Already 34 years old, he won a four-man heavyweight tournament, serving notice of his arrival. Five months later, at UFC 15, Couture defeated 19 year-old Vitor Belfort to become the number one contender to the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In December of that year he defeated Maurice Smith to win the title and cement his status as The Natural. After a two reigns in the heavyweight division, Couture moved down to light heavyweight, where he had a trilogy of fights with Chick Liddell many consider the peak of UFC competition to that point. Couture, NFL Sunday Ticket, then 40, won the Light Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes. From there, Couture, now dubbed Captain America by UFC announcer Joe Rogan, continued fighting until age 47. He retired in 2011 as a UFC Hall of Famer with a 30-19 record, having fought none but the toughest opponents his entire career.
Many of today’s young MMA fighters are focusing more and more on their wrestling ability. They want to learn how to best drive their opponent to submission. Perhaps this is because most people choose MMA because it is different from boxing. They head toward MMA because they often have a wrestling background, and this is a much different skill set from the one required by boxing. These young fighters need to know, though, that MMA is about (more…)
The popularity of mixed martial arts has exploded exponentially in recent years. A great majority of this popularity comes from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed martial arts league that is considered by many to be the premiere league in the world today. And this popularity and iconic status all started with Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.
The UFC was already becoming a big name in MMA at the time, but it was the The Ultimate Fighter (an amateur MMA tournament) that really catapulted the league and the (more…)
Jon Jones is taking the UFC by storm, but does he have what it takes to reach legendary status? One such fighter, Anderson Silva is considered to have reached just that status. In fact, Silva is considered to be the best fighter in UFC existence, some say the best fighter ever. Anderson Silva has has won fifteen consecutive fights, and many argue that Jones has the same “stuff” to rival Silva.
So, does Jones have the stuff? Jones is just a babe, at the young age of 24, his record is remarkable, and in fact it trumps wear Silva was at, (more…)
Every sport has its legends, from Babe Ruth to Joe Namath to Michael Jordan. Mixed Marshal Arts is no exception. While the sport is fairly new there are three fighters that stand out among the rest. They are Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Don Frye.
Royce Gracie, and his whole family, has been instrumental in the creation of the UFC and in bringing MMA to the masses. His impressive victory in UFC 1 cemented his name in MMA history. It was the first time anyone in the (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has not always been the slick product that it is today. It started out as a free for all tournament with no rules, no judges and wound up being banned in 49 states.
The first UFC show happened on November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.
It was billed as “no rules” but there were actually three rules, no eye gouging, no biting and no strikes to the groin. At the second show they allowed strikes to the groin.
There were no weight classes. The only way a fighter could win the tournament was to, literally, (more…)
Wrestling to UFC and back to wrestling, Brock Lesnar is hyped up in every sport he takes part in. He is made to sound like the perfect athlete. The problem is, he does not live up to the hype that surround him. He proved that in the fact he could not cut it in the UFC.
When people heard that the Wrestling champion Brock Lesnar came to UFC, people were ecstatic. Finally, we would see how he really does (more…)
Mixed Martial Arts is not boxing. There’s very little padding of records to make fighters look tougher than they are. With that in mind, Randy Couture may have the most impressive MMA record of all time.
After a successful amateur wrestling career, Couture worked as a coach until he decided to try his hand at mixed martial arts. He made his debut at UFC 13 in May 1997. Already 34 years old, he won a four-man heavyweight tournament, serving notice of his arrival. Five months later, at UFC 15, Couture defeated 19 year-old Vitor Belfort to become the number (more…)