Monday, 10 October 2011

MMA Mixed Martial Arts

 The Origin
The first events were tournaments with eight or sixteen men produced by the entertainment organization Semaphore Group (SEG) in  association with WOW Promotions (owned by Art Davie and Rorion Gracie), where the contenders had to win  three fights to become the UFC champion. The first event was in 1993.

With the will to find the greatest fighter in the world, it wouldn’t matter the kind of martial art the fighter practiced. It was called a human “dog fight” because it almost didn’t have rules (the only two things not permited were to bite or to finger the opponent’s eyes).

                         Controversy and rebirth

The UFC became a success of pay-per-view. The brutality of the sport soon called the attention  of authorities and the UFC events started being banished from many American states. Too much criticism and protests from the Arizona senator, John McCain, took it out from the most important pay-per-view channels. The UFC continued  on DirecTV, however its audience couldn’t even be compared with the audience before the protests.
After all that, the UFC decided to reform itself. Slowly they created some more restricted rules which started to be approved by the athletic comissions as real sport. Leaving the “no rules politics” behind, and calling itself as Mixed Marcial Arts, UFC was reborn to become more socially acceptable, retaking its position on cable TV.
More about MMA
Already established in the United States as the country's most profitable sport and having made the jump brand value of U.S. $ 2 million to $ 2 billion in less than ten years, Zuffa began to roam the world. After gaining a loyal following in England and Canada, White led the event for Germany, Australia and UAE.

In addition to reaching unprecedented countries, returned to places where the event had been in the phase of the MMA. After debuting in the country in 1998, in Sao Paulo, the UFC returns to Brazil this year, now in Rio de Janeiro.In 2012 it will be Japan where it had taken place from 1997 to 2000.

  If you   want to know something about  UFC you should know that the training is intense and so UFC athletes are the most well-conditioned ones in the world.
Watching UFC, I learned that these guys train Jiu-Jitzu, Muay Thay, grappling and boxing. all day long..

If you intend to be a  UFC fighter you should  start learning the basic skills, such as wrestling  boxing and a martial art most commonly used in UFC fighting - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

. Many cities have local fight clubs that offer a great variety of fighting styles and levels of competitive training where you should train. After that start practicing with other fighters in order to face a UFC competition.It is very important to have a UFC coach who will train and motivate you.Learn UFC rules.Send them a video  so they can see your performance during a fight.Maybe you will join the exclusive UFC club.

TOP 10 - The Best Fighters

No10: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Former Pride superstar Nogueira is a Brazilian jiu jitsu expert and master of submissions. He is the current interim UFC heavyweight champion while Randy Couture continues his ongoing contract dispute with Dana White's promotion. Big Nog holds victories over some of the world's elite heavyweight grapplers including Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson, Fabricio Werdum and Tim Sylvia.

No9: Forrest Griffin
Former police officer Griffin shot to fame by winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He defeated Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision in the final with the bout hailed as one of the best-ever mixed martial arts contests. Griffin's brawling style and never-say-die attitude have made him a firm fan favourite and his win over the much-fancied Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 76 earned him a shot at the light-heavyweight title against Quinton Jackson later this year. Is currently filming season seven of The Ultimate Fighter as Jackson's opposing coach.

No8: Wanderlei Silva
The Axe Murderer carved a hugely successful career in Japan's Pride promotion before joining the UFC last year. A student of the famed Brazilian Chute Box academy, Silva earned his nickname for his extremely aggressive fighting style. The majority of his fights have ended via knockout or referee stoppage due to strikes and he uses knees to devastating effect in the Muay Thai clinch. He holds notable wins over Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson from their days in Pride. His eagerly anticipated UFC debut against Chuck Liddell at UFC 79 was 10 years in the making. Despite losing the three-round war on a decision, it was arguably the best fight of 2007.

No7: Matt Hughes
Welterweight legend Hughes won his first title at UFC 34 in a sensational bout against Carlos Newton. Hughes was caught in a triangle choke but lifted his opponent into the air and powerbombed him to the matt, causing him to lose consciousness just as Hughes was on the verge of blacking out from the hold. He defended the title successfully on five occasions until he lost a war with BJ Penn at UFC 46. Hughes recaptured the title from Georges St Pierre at UFC 50 and successfully defended the title four more times before dropping the belt to St Pierre at UFC 65.

No6: Rich Franklin
Former mathematics teacher Franklin is one of the most successful fighters in the UFC. Amazingly, he learned submission fighting by watching instructional videotapes. The Cincinnati native was given the nickname Ace because of his likeness to Jim Carey, star of the film Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. But the former champion met his match when he faced Anderson Silva at UFC 64. The Brazilian dominated their clash and won the middleweight title via TKO three minutes into the first round. Franklin's rematch with Silva at UFC 77 went the same way, with Silva winning via TKO early in the second round.

No5: Quinton Jackson
Rampage, 29, is the current UFC light-heavyweight champion but made his name in mixed martial arts when he competed for Japan's Pride promotion. Won the title after knocking out fan favourite Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 and successfully defended the belt against Dan Henderson by earning a unanimous decision victory at UFC 75. Jackson, along with Georges St Pierre, is tipped to be the face of the UFC for years to come due to his age and charismatic demeanour. Can currently be seen training a house of hopefuls on The Ultimate Fighter 7 reality show.

No4: Chuck Liddell
The Iceman is the most instantly recognisable figure in the whole of mixed martial arts and played a huge part in helping the sport reach the mainstream. The former light-heavyweight champion holds notable wins over Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva. Liddell is a collegiate wrestling champion and has exceptional takedown defence and knockout-punching power. The Iceman is looking to get back into title contention after dropping the belt to Quinton Rampage Jackson at UFC 71. He has not ruled out a career in Hollywood once his MMA reign ends, having already appeared in US TV hit Entourage and the video for Nickelback's Rockstar.

No3: BJ Penn
Arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Penn has incredible flexibility and devastating striking ability. Began training in Brazilian jiu jitsu at the age of 17 and became the first non-Brazilian to win gold at the Mundial World Championships in Rio. Famous wins over welterweight legend Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver and Joe Stevenson have won him an army of loyal fans. Penn is only the second man in UFC history — along with Randy Couture — to hold titles in two different weight classes.

No2: Georges St Pierre
Cemented his position as the UFC's most dominant welterweight after destroying the legendary Matt Hughes at UFC 79. French-Canadian GSP is a huge fan favourite and his poster boy looks make him a marketing dream for the UFC. Won the welterweight title after beating Matt Serra at UFC 83 last month. The 26-year-old looks set to dominate the sport for years to come and a step up to middleweight is a distinct possibility.

No1: Anderson Silva
Brazilian Muay Thai expert Silva hit the MMA big time with a crushing victory over American favourite Rich Franklin to win the middleweight title at UFC 64 in October 2006. Since then, The Spider has been unstoppable, scoring dominant wins over Travis Lutter, Nate Marquardt, Franklin (again) and Dan Henderson. A UFC commentator famously described Silva's fighting style as a 'ballet of violence' — and few would argue.            

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