Once called “human cockfighting” by John McCain, the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is marked by progressively stricter rules and regulations, to protect both fighters and viewers from gruesome violence.
Originally founded in 1993, the UFC began as a way to showcase mixed martial arts (MMA), and in many ways to determine which martial art was the best. The first UFC (UFC 1) was held in Denver, Colorado and featured Patrick Smith, Kevin Rosier, Gerard Gordeau, Zane Frazier, Ken Shamrock, Teila Tuli, Art Jimmerson, and Royce Gracie.
The History of UFC Rules
Although the UFC touted itself as having no rules, even from the beginning there were several rules to protect–at a minimum–the fighters. Beginning with UFC 12, weight classes were instituted. By UFC 21 gloves were required, time limits were instituted, and groin strikes were banned. Finally, at UFC 28 UFC was sanctioned under the unified rules of NJ’s athletic board.
Today, UFC is under contract to air on Fox Sports for the next seven years, and its first Fox event aired just two days ago (great fight, by the way). For more information about the history of UFC, check out the Wikipedia page.
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