It’s no secret that martial arts has gained popularity with time. Several years ago, Bruce Lee helped in the martial arts have an increased fan following, when he showcased his style of Jeet Kune Do. He participated in several movies, and audience gasped watching his speed and skill. Then onwards, movies have been a standard way to exhibit martial arts skills.

During the early 1990s, something known as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) emerged on the scene and took things one step further. Although there have been other competitions just like the UFC, none of them had the finesse and enthusiasm as UFC did. When it first began, the UFC pitted fighters of different disciplines against each other.

The mixed pairing lead to interesting battles with varying results. The inaugural champion was a man from Brazil named Royce Gracie. Gracie was a pioneer in making Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu popular; people admired him when he fought. Following the first UFC tournament, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was instantaneously considered as the finest martial art. Weighing under 200 pounds, Royce completely dominated people virtually 3 times his size.

Royce emerged as the champion in UFC 2 and 4 as well. He completely dominated his opponents and people across the world took notice. Gracie met a tough competitor in UFC 3 but won the bout in the end. Gracie had an evenly contested fight with Ken Shamrock in UFC 5 which resulted in a draw.

Over the years, many fighters have showcased their skills in the UFC arena, but none have had the same impact as Royce Gracie. Fighters such as Matt Sylvia, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Matt Hughes, and Oleg Taktarov have also performed exceedingly well. Matt Hughes is regarded as one of the best fighters the world has seen.

The UFC has made a big impact as far as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) goes. To start with, there were no rules and no judges, only one on one fights until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref stopped the fight by throwing in the towel. The tournament style in UFC required fighters to win 3 fights to claim the championship.

Over the years, there were several changes. After a few years UFC had judges deciding the winners, along with removing the tournaments. The fights eventually became one on one bouts, which was great for the fans. While the fights didn’t have time limits to start with, they do now. Title fights have five 5 minute rounds, while non title fights have three 5 minute rounds.

If a fight goes to the judges, the judges decide the winner. Judges are there do determine the winner if there is no knockout or submission. There are three judges, which normally change with each different UFC. The ref is there to protect the fighters. He can stop a fight if a fighter is unable to defend himself.

The UFC has made a lot of progress and improvement over the years, and is now one of the most widely liked sports in the world.

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