UFC has become one of the most popular sporting events with an ever-growing audience and millions of fans worldwide who want to get in on the action. The fights hosted draw in millions dedicated viewers on Sunday Ticket for a night that is exceptionally tense and exciting where predictions are often off and the entertainment seems to only increase. Although UFC is only halfway into the year, there have already been notable fights worth mentioning.
1. UFC 156 – Antonio Silva vs. Alistair Overeem
No one could have expected that the fight between Silva and Overeem would be a chance for them to prove how they really feel about each other in a match that had plenty of twists. Overeem comfortably railed on Silva for the first two rounds, only to allow build Silva’s rage before making a comeback against Overeem that was brutal and humiliating, to say the least.
2. UFC – Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
It was easy to cringe and look away when Pettis and Cerrone got in the cage for a bloodbath that included Cerrone losing the match and getting kicked violently in a matter of minutes. It was unexpected, and one of the top fights of the year, even though not for the best reasons.
3. UFC 157 – Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice
Perhaps one of the most violent fights of the year, the action didn’t seem to stop since the two first entered the cage. Every move and punch in the books was seen in the first round, and moved them both up in the ranks for fighters who are definitely impressive and earned a bit of respect.
4. UFC – Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
Some were skeptical of all of the hype buzzing before this fight, but the match proved one worth waiting for when McDonald gave Barao a run for his money in the first three rounds, leaving the audience to predict the outcome. It was an entertaining fight, complete with a handful of bloody highlights from beginning to end, ending with Barao submitting McDonald to a fourth-arm triangle choke.
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…)