The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Cage Fighting dates back to ancient Greece as a featured favorite competition at the Olympic Games of Athens and more than eight decades ago Brazil lent its own influence on this sport with competitions known as vale tudo, or "anything goes" extreme fighting competitions. This combination of various martial arts forms, boxing, kickboxing, wresting as well as other forms of fighting inspired by the ancient Greek Olympic Games and the Brazilian vale tudo, led to the official formation of the world renowned Ultimate Fighting Championships sports association representing mixed martial arts in 2001, by Zuffa, LLC.
UFC cage fighting is an extreme fighting sport to say the least. It takes many years of hard core strength and conditioning training, preparation, and determination to be a competitive fighter. The sport has an extensive fan base from around the world, many of those fans traveling great distances to attend UFC cage fighting events. The fan base for UFC cage fighting continues to grow as UFC sport fighting events are widely telecast in live and delayed, pay-per-view telecasts and the association puts a lot of money towards providing world-wide broadcasting links and creative advertising campaigns behind its promoting of UFC cage fighting
So what modes of fighting do the professional fighters thrill fans with? Boxing, judo, kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, capoeira, wrestling and moves you would commonly associate with street fighting are all used to entertain the fans. States such as Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada and New Jersey all use the same approved scoring system to award points to competitors that ultimately decides who the winner of the fight is. Points are awarded for contact blows made with the hands, elbows, knees, and feet, and for submission moves such as choke holds, knockdowns and for tossing a challenger about the ring.
With UFC cage fighting being such an extreme fighting sport you might easily assume that serious injuries would be a normal occurrence among fighting competitors, however, not a single instance of serious injury to a professional UFC cage fighter has been documented since its inception in 2001. This I believe is a result of the fact that UFC cage fighters are hard core trained fighters and the industry is also hard core in providing the greatest safety possible for fighters competing in cage fighting events. Safety is a priority in everything from the design and structure of the uniquely UFC, octagon shaped fighting rings to the canvas, padding, and fencing materials used, rules of engagement such as no head butting, or groin or throat striking, weight classes and timed bouts, to safety restrictions the fighters themselves must abide by in order to compete.
Non-title events have three rounds of fighting with durations of five minutes each, while title events have five rounds with each round lasting five minutes. A resting period of one minute is mandatory for fighters between rounds. Cage fighters must wear UFC approved gloves, shorts, and trunks and may not wear shoes or street clothes in UFC cage fighting competitions for the safety of both competitors.
There are five weight classes in UFC cage fighting. They are, Lightweight: 146 pounds to 155 pounds, Welterweight: 156 pounds to 170 pounds, Middleweight: 171 pounds to 185 pounds, Light Heavyweight: 186 pounds to 205 pounds, and Heavyweight: 206 pounds to 265 pounds.
If you think you might have what it takes to be a champion in UFC cage fighting you can check out the official UFC website to learn more about the training credentials needed to become a UFC cage fighting competitor. If you are a fan or would like to know more about the strength and conditioning training your favorite UFC cage fighter uses to stay in fighting shape you will find that many of the top UFC cage fighters have personal websites where you can find this information and more about the extreme fighting sport of UFC cage fighting..
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