What started off as a one time pay-per-view experience in Denver 1993 to determine
which of the martial arts would reign supreme in head to head combat has become a multi-million dollar empire that expands
all over the globe. Competitors from disciplines like Karate, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo and many more make
up this exciting sport. The event was so popular that more and more events were planned. Now led by former fighter manager
Dana White, the UFC gains in popularity with every fight. With some of the world's best athletes take to the octagon each
fight night looking to win at all costs. UFC fights take place all over the globe, so check the schedule and find one near
you today. Upcoming matches like UFC 170: Rousy vs. McMann is Women's Banatamweight showdown between the feared Ronda Rousy
and Sara McMann held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on February 22. UFC fans will also not want to miss the World Series of
Fighting 9 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas that will feature 5 fights between 5 different weight classes. You definitely
will want to be in Las Vegas for this epic night of UFC. Another can't-miss fight takes place on April 26 in the Light Heavyweight
class when Jon "Bones" Jones takes on Brazil's Glover Teixeira in UFC 172 taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. Bones Jones,
the New York native, is the known as the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world. These are just a few of the incredible fights
that are on the UFC docket in 2014.
The UFC celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013, and
over this 20 year period, the UFC has seen some of the best athletes in the world compete in its octagons. When they began
the organization, the UFC was about seeing which martial arts disciplines could beat the others and now it has evolved into
a group of fighters highly skilled in multiple styles. Fighters like Chuck "The Iceman" Lidell have helped shape the UFC from
a pay-per-view event to a mainstream sport. Lidell quickly became the face of the UFC in the mid-2000's when he was known
as the mohawked knockout specialist in the octagon and humble man out of it. Another top UFC fighter is Canadian Welterweight
Champion Georges St-Pierre, who began fighting in the UFC after earning his black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Once bullied
as a child, St-Pierre became one of the fiercest fighters the sport has ever seen. He helped validate the UFC with fans in
the early days with his endearing personality with the media at a time when many looked on the UFC as just a bunch of thugs.
Maybe the most famous of all the UFC fighters is Anderson Silva, the Brazilian former UFC Middleweight Champion and mixed
martial artist. Silva owns the record for longest title defense with 16 straight wins and 10 title defenses that finally came
to an end in 2013, when Silva was 38. Many have named Silva the greatest mixed martial artist of all time and the greatest
champion of the first 20 years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When you are in the
house for a UFC fight, there is only one thing that you know for sure- that anything can happen. In the octagon, world class
athletes are trained to destroy their opponent by any means necessary. Fans have learned to sit and prepare for the unexpected.
This is encapsulated by the epic August 2010 UFC fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen when Silva played with a broken
rib and was being completely overmatched by Sonnen through four rounds. Just when fans thought Sonnen would cruise to the
win and break Silva's incredible winning streak, Silva dug as deep as he could, catching his opponent in a triangle armbar
in one of the most improbably UFC comebacks of all time. With this kind of sport, fans know that there will be violence, which
is not found in any other mainstream sport. If you love the unexpected then a UFC fight is definitely for you.
its twenty years of existence, UFC has become a mainstream sport in part because its fighters have become pop culture figures.
Which UFC champion scored a major movie role in the blockbuster remake of The A Team?
UFC Champion and mixed marital
artist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson reprised the role of B.A. Baracus inThe A Teammovie.The role was originally made famous by
Mr. T, a fellow wrestler.
Ultimate Fighting Championship fans are amongst the most passionate
there is. It is not a sport for everyone, but those who love mixed martial arts and the intense action of the sport are as
loyal and vocal as you will find. They sit outside the octagon screaming on their favorite fighters no matter where the event
takes place. Don't miss out on the sporting event of a lifetime and get tickets to a UFC fight near you today.