Blood, Sweat, and Glory: The World of UFC

At the forefront of this unforgiving combat sport stands the UFC, a global phenomenon that has captivated millions with its raw intensity and electrifying displays of skill and courage.

Blood, Sweat, and Glory: The World of UFC
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The world of mixed martial arts (MMA) is a relentless battlefield where only the toughest and most skilled warriors can thrive. And at the forefront of this unforgiving combat sport stands the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a global phenomenon that has captivated millions with its raw intensity and electrifying displays of skill and courage. In this blog, we delve deep into the grueling world of UFC, exploring the blood, sweat, and glory that define this extraordinary sport.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as UFC, has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the US and in the last few years increasingly caught the attention of fight fans in the UK, too.

UFC 274: Michael Chandler knocks out Tony Ferguson with a front kick

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the premier global mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. It brings together top-notch fighters from around the world to compete in high-stakes fight nights held in various locations. With over 40 events per year, the UFC offers fans a consistent stream of thrilling matchups, showcasing the evolution and skill of MMA's finest athletes. As a platform that combines athleticism, strategy, and intense competition, the UFC has solidified its status as the pinnacle of MMA excellence.

When was UFC formed?

UFC was started in the US in 1993 and was sanctioned by Nevada Athletic Commission in 2001.

How UFC Rules Have Evolved?

The UFC's rules and format have changed over time, but one constant has been the iconic octagon structure. Initially, there were minimal rules at UFC 1, focusing on prohibiting biting, hair pulling, and hitting below the belt. Rounds, weight classes, and time limits were introduced later on, with fights now consisting of three or five five-minute rounds, depending on the match type. The evolution of rules has enhanced the UFC experience for fighters and fans alike.

Here is a breakdown of the main rules:

  1. Mixed martial arts contests and exhibitions may be held in a ring or in a fenced area.
  2. Bandages shall be evenly distributed across the hand and fighters must wear a mouthguard.
  3. Male mixed martial artists shall wear a groin protector; female mixed martial artists shall wear a chest protector.
  4. All contestants shall wear glove which are at least 4 ounces and gloves should generally next exceed 6 ounces.
  5. Each championship mixed martial arts contest is to be for 5 rounds, each round no more than 5 minutes duration, with a rest period of 1 minute between each round.
  6. All bouts will be evaluated and scored by 3 judges who shall evaluate the contest from different location around the ring/fighting area. The referee may not be one of the 3 judges.
  7. Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, control of the ring/fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense. Each round will be scored on a 10-point system.
  8. There are 31 different types of foul - including spitting, hair pulling, kicking the head of a grounded opponent. The referee can DQ a fighter if there are a series of fouls.

You Can Find The Full Set of Rules Here on the UFC Website.

How can someone win?

Here are the different types of victory:

  • Submission by 1) Physical Tap Out 2) Verbal Tap Out.
  • Knockout by: 1) when Referee stops the contest (TKO) 2) when an injury as a result of a legal maneuver is severe enough to terminate a bout (TKO) 3) when contestant being rendered unconscious due to strikes or kicks (KO).
  • Decision via the scorecards, including: 1) Unanimous Decision - When all three judges score the contest for the same contestant 2) Split Decision - When two judges score the contest for one contestant and one judge scores for the opponent 3) Majority Decision - When two judges score the contest for the same contestant and one judge scores a draw.
  • Draws, including: 1) Unanimous Draw - When all three judges score the contest a draw 2) Majority Draw - When two judges score the contest a draw 3) Split Draw - When all three judges score differently.
  • Disqualification.
  • Forfeit Technical Draw.
  • Technical Decision.
  • No Decision.

What is the Difference Between UFC and MMA?

Whether you're a sports enthusiast or not, it's likely you've come across the terms MMA and UFC. MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, while UFC refers to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. These combat sports have gained immense popularity, quickly surpassing boxing in terms of viewership.

If you find yourself perplexed about what exactly MMA entails, what the UFC represents, and how they differ, the explanation is actually quite straightforward.

Jiu-Jitsu in UFC

MMA Is the Sport. UFC Is the Major Organization within that Sport.

MMA, short for mixed martial arts, is a full-contact sport that combines striking and wrestling techniques, both on the feet and on the ground. While MMA has been practiced for centuries, it gained widespread recognition in the late 20th century with the establishment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Ancient combat sports like Pankration in Ancient Greece and Rome featured similar rules to modern MMA, but it was the UFC that brought the sport into the mainstream consciousness.

UFC Fighters Worth Knowing About

1. Anderson Silva:

Career Record: 34-11-0, 1 NC

Weight Class: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

Awards: 7x Knockout of the Night, 5x Fight of the Night, 2x Submission of the Night, Longest Title reign in UFC history (2,457 days)

Belts Achieved: Middleweight

Title Defenses: 10

Front Kick By Anderson Silva

Perhaps one of the most dominant title reigns in UFC history, Anderson Silva proved to be the best during his prime. Once he put his hands down and used movement as his main defense, every viewer knew what was coming next … a knockout.

2. Jon Jones

Career Record: 27-1-0, 1 NC

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Awards: 4x Fight of the Night, 2x Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, 2x Performance of the Night, Youngest UFC Champion (23 Years Old), UFC Hall of Fame, Longest Light Heavyweight champion reign (1,501 days), Longest unbeaten streak in UFC history (19), Most wins in UFC title fights (15)

Belts Achieved: 2x Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Title Defenses: 11

Jon Jones

After winning the Lightheavyweight title at just 23 years old, Jon Jones defended the belt 11 times. After beating everyone in the division, Jones moved up to Heavyweight and beat Ciryl Gane at UFC 285.

3. Georges St-Pierre

Career Record: 26-2-0

Weight Class: Welterweight, Middleweight

Awards: 4x Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night, Performance of the Night, UFC Hall of Fame

Belts Achieved: 2x Welterweight, Middleweight

Title Defenses: 9

Georges St-Pierre Winning Moment

Georges St-Pierre was known to stick to his game plan and dominate the fight. What was more impressive, is St-Pierre would often play to his opponent's strengths and outclass them at their own game. He is arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all time.

4. Daniel Cormier

Career Record: 22-3-0, 1 NC

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Awards: Second UFC Double-Champ, 3x Performance of the Night, 2x Fight of the Night, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ

Belts Achieved: Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Title Defenses: 4

Daniel Cormier on Weighing Scale

The second “Champ-Champ” in UFC history. Daniel Cormier is without a doubt a true legend of the sport. He's one of the best wrestlers in the world but also has the standup game to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world.

5. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Career Record: 29-0

Weight Class: Lightweight, Welterweight

Awards: 3x Performance of the Night, 2020 UFC Honors Submission of the Year

Belts Achieved: Lightweight

Title Defenses: 3

Khabib Submitting Conor McGregor

Going 29-0, Khabib Nurmagomedov set the pace in every single fight he participated in. His wrestling is so strong it makes elite wrestlers look like novices. Khabib is arguably the greatest of all time.

6. Amanda Nunes

Career Record: 23-5-0

Weight Class: Women's Bantamweight, Women's Featherweight

Awards: Third UFC Double-Champ, First Fighter in UFC History to defend two belts simultaneously, Most wins in UFC title fights amongst women (10), 5x Performance of the Night

Belts Achieved: Women's Bantamweight (2x) & Featherweight

Title Defenses: 8 Total (6x Bantamweight, 2x Featherweight)

Amanda "Lioness" Nunes

The third “Champ-Champ” in UFC history, Amanda Nunes absolutely demolished two weight classes simultaneously. Who knows how long her reign will continue as she plans to defend both belts for as long as possible.

7. José Aldo

Career Record: 31-8-0

Weight Class: Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

Awards: 4x Fight of the Night, 2x Performance of the Night, WEC Featherweight Champ

Belts Achieved: 2x Featherweight

Title Defenses: 7

José Aldo vs Conor McGregor (Face Off)

Many view José Aldo as the pound-for-pound greatest of all time. He seemed unbeatable once he joined the UFC and still fights at the top of the rankings to this day.

8. Conor McGregor

Career Record: 22-6-0

Weight Class: Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight

Awards: First UFC Double-Champ, 7x Performance of the Night, 2x Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, Fastest Title Fight victory in UFC history (13 seconds), 2015 Fighter of the Year, 2021 Highest-Paid Athlete

Belts Achieved: Featherweight & Lightweight

Title Defenses: 0

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor just understands entertainment. He used his mouth to gain attention then used his fists to back it all up. McGregor is the first-ever “Champ-Champ” and ended up being the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2021, a feat nobody expected from a UFC fighter.

The Viewership

Initially a pay-per-view event, the UFC gained popularity and supplemented its income through home video sales. Under the leadership of the Fertittas and Dana White, the organization transitioned to a television model, attracting more viewers with evolved rules. Milestones were reached in pay-per-view sales, and a lucrative deal with Fox in 2011 expanded its TV presence. In 2018, the UFC signed a reported $1.5 billion deal with ESPN for the next five years, migrating all fights to the ESPN+ platform. Despite challenges posed by COVID-19, the UFC held events worldwide, with limited or no audience attendance. In 2016, a $4 billion deal led to a change of ownership, with WME-IMG, Silver Lake Partners, and others taking majority stake, aiming to propel the sport to new heights. The UFC continues to grow under its current trajectory.


The world of UFC is not for the faint of heart. It demands unwavering dedication, unrelenting sacrifice, and an unbreakable will. Blood, sweat, and glory are the pillars that uphold this grueling sport, where warriors from across the globe step into the Octagon to test their skills and showcase their indomitable spirit. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, the UFC's combination of raw athleticism and human drama makes it a spectacle that continues to captivate and inspire millions worldwide.