THE UFC AND IT’S PLACE IN MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY
Posted on November 13 2017
It’s no secret that martial arts has indeed come a long way over the years. Many years ago, Bruce Lee helped the martial arts become even more famous, when he developed his style of Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee participated in several movies, showing the world his speed and finesse. Since then, movies have been a popular way to showcase martial arts skills.
Back in the early 1990s, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) came along to take things one step further. Even though there have been other competitions similar to the UFC, none of them had the flair and the dedication as UFC did. When it first began, the UFC paired different styles and different weight classes.
The result were exciting fights with varying results. The first ever champion was Royce Gracie. Gracie was the first to introduce Brazilian Jui-Jitsu in this way, opening up the eyes of everyone who witness him fight. After the first UFC tournament, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu was instantly viewed as the a top martial art. Royce weighed under 200 pounds, and he was completely dominating people nearly twice his size.
Gracie would go on to win UFC 2 and 4 as well. He was the most dominating in the sport, and opened the eyes of everyone across the world. Gracie came back in UFC 5 for a superfight match up with Ken Shamrock, which would go the distance and end in a draw.
Other fighters have done exceptionally well in the UFC, although none of them had the impact as Royce Gracie. Fighters like Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov, Matt Hughes, and Matt Sylivia have also done very well. Matt Hughes is also regarded as one of the best, as he fought in the Welterweight class and is considered pound for pound to be the best fighter in the world.
In the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), the UFC has made a big impact. In the beginning, there were no rules and no judges, just one on one fights until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref through in the towel. Fighters also fought in a tournament style as well, which took 3 fights to win the championship.
Over the years, there were several changes. The UFC would start with judges after a few years, along with eliminating the tournaments. The fights would eventually go to one on one, which was great for the fans. Although the fights didn’t have time limits in the beginning, they do now. The non-title fights are three 5 minute rounds, while the title fights are five 5 minute rounds.
If a fight goes to the judges, the judges decide the winner. Judges are there to determine the winner if there is no knockout or submission. The referee can stop a fight as well, if a fighter is unable to defend themselves.
Martial arts are very popular these days, with competitions such as the UFC being one of the most popular sports in the world. The UFC has paved the way for martial arts new evolution and growth.