The Ultimate Fighting Championship started in 1993 to determine the most efficient martial art of all. But since that inaugural tournament, the popularity of the sport grew and it placed mixed martial arts on the map. Now, MMA is a sanctioned sport and its fan base has grown worldwide. Likewise, the combatants who have shown their fierce fighting styles in the octagon have come from various countries. Television viewership also grew thanks to the company’s pay-per-view main events.
At present, the UFC is undeniably the top company in mixed martial arts. After purchasing rival operations such as Pride FC, World Extreme Championship and Strikeforce, the company continues its expansion by bringing special events around the world. These pay-per-view bouts have been staged in places like Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.
Fighters vie of titles in eight different weight classes, the lightest of which is the Flyweight division. Next to it are the Bantamweight, Featherweight and Lightweight divisions. The heavier fighters are classified into the Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. Despite the differences in weight, all matches prove to be exciting for you wouldn’t know when a takedown, a knockout or a submission would come. That being said, UFC tickets are tough to get. But when you do, you will have a thrilling experience, hands down.