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At the beginning of the 20th century, because of the upheavals, many people from mainland China to Hong Kong lived. Among these, there were martial arts masters, many people immediately came to them to learn self-defense martial arts at that time, social life was quite chaotic, many street criminals raged. At that time, there were more than 400 martial arts furnaces appeared in Hong Kong in the period 1960-1970, this is considered the golden age of martial arts in Hong Kong.
Street fighting was once a street culture feature of Hong Kong, when the martial arts academy trained its students in distinctive martial arts. Practitioners of different martial arts challenged each other in street duels.
The authorities did not support these fights and considered it a risk of causing insecurity and order, the young men who learned martial arts then immediately put the competitions on the roof to avoid problems with the authorities.
When he was a teenager, Bruce often watched and participated in such martial arts, Bruce observed and silently picked up techniques that made me feel satisfied and then combined to create your own style.
Grandmaster Ip Man, legendary martial arts, master of Wing Chun martial arts has always encouraged his students to study outside the martial arts furnace, to sharpen their own martial arts abilities. Ip Man’s most famous student is Bruce Lee.
Nowadays, MMA fighters don’t have to worry about a certain move or technique they use in competition is not up to the standards of a certain traditional martial art. Now, they can use any method to show their abilities, as long as that gives them the fastest victory in the fight.
This is also the basic theory behind the Jeet Kune martial art founded by Bruce Lee more than two decades before the first UFC tournament was held in the US in 1993. Bruce emphasizes the history of Using effective techniques in real combat, this thinking is true to the practical practice of MMA fighters today. Therefore, Bruce has long been considered by many people as the ancestor of MMA, including the incumbent president of the famous UFC free martial arts tournament in the US – Mr. Dana White.
According to the martial arts statistics site Tapology, UFC light UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is 6th on the list of the 10 best martial arts fighters in MMA history.
According to the latest Tapology chart, number one goes to Georges St-Pierre. The Canadian legend is a former UFC 2 weight class champion that includes mid and mid-range.
St-Pierre retired in 2017 after his victory over Michael Bisping. In 28 attempts, the 39-year-old former boxer won 26 times and successfully defended the title 9 times.
The second runner-up is Jon Jones. The heavyweight champions 13 times defended the title and lost only one game to Matt Hamill because of a 2009 rule.
In third place is Anderson Silva, a former mid-tier UFC champion who holds the longest record of dominating the title with 2,457 days. The other two names in the top 5 are Demetrious Johnson and Fedor Emelianenko.
As soon as this ranking was released, there was quite a bit of controversy about Khabib’s position, although he was the only fighter in the top 10 to achieve unbeaten performance.
When Khabib announced his retirement after his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, many experts, boxers and fans immediately called him GOAT (Greatest of all time). This issue still caused a lot of controversy, but the fact that Tapology eliminated Khabib from the top 5 was completely opposed.
The remaining four positions in the top 10 are Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo, Randy Couture and Stipe Miocic. Meanwhile, UFC star Conor McGregor is ranked 16th.
At UFC 254 on October 25, light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said the victory over Justin Gaethje was also his last.
At UFC 254, the results did not come as much of a surprise. Gaethje still actively attacked with pillars and punches. Meanwhile, Khabib is also confident to stand, combining the forte.
In the final seconds of the first half, Khabib put Gaethje locked in the armbar (after the successful wrestling. Fortunately for the American boxer time the first half ran out. Gaethje’s turret, Khabib fell over his opponent and ended with a triangular lock.
This victory helped Khabib successfully defend the UFC light-weight championship belt and extended his unbeaten run to 29. However, his decision to quit MMA made many fans regret.
Previously, Khabib suggested retiring after reaching a record of 30 victories according to his father’s wishes. After the match, instead of celebrating his victory, the Russian boxer dropped his face on the floor and cried because he remembered his father.
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, former UFC light champion Conor McGregor challenged boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. The match took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and millions of fans around the world were enthusiastically watching.
Time and number of rounds
A high level boxing match is almost always scheduled in 12 innings, three minutes each. In the past it was 15 innings. As for UFC matches: each non-title contest will be scheduled for three innings, five minutes each. In both sports, the rest time is one minute between sets.
Characteristics of the match
While boxers often use their elbows and heads to gain an advantage. They are officially allowed to attack the opponent with just punches, and even the excessive tightening is prevented and monitored by the referee. If a fighter is knocked down, his opponent is not allowed to continue attacking him until he is back up and has referee’s permission to do so.
This is the UFC’s biggest contrast to boxing. In addition to using fists, they were allowed to cling, wrestle, kick and continue to attack their opponents while they were knocked out on the ring.
A UFC MMA fighter is often trained in a number of different fighting disciplines. Usually a martial artist will specialize in one martial art, but still be proficient in other subjects. Boxing boxers are trained only one subject is boxing. They tend to practice better cardio than MMA fighters, but they don’t practice any other disciplines.
Unlike in boxing, UFC boxers are banned by contracts with UFC to pursue their own sponsorship deals. They currently have only one joint sponsor with Reebok.
Cutman is responsible for the prevention and treatment of martial arts injuries during the half-time break. Boxers often choose and supply their own cutman. Whereas the UFC provides a cutman for each corner and usually a cutman operates in one corner for all matches in each event.
- Alexander Gustafsson
Considering the UFC’s heavy bottom, Alexander Gustafsson is one of the greatest. Gustaffson faced two of the greatest warriors of all time, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, for the championship title a total of three times. And with that was the TKO defeat against Jon Jones at UFC 165, which is ranked top 3 best UFC title match of all time.
The kickboxing platform makes Gustafsson an extremely interesting and outstanding fighter. Despite announcing the glove hanging, Gustafsson will forever be considered one of the UFC’s most annoying heavyweight lower-tier opponents.
- Urijah Faber
Urijah Faber and the team he formed, Team Alpha Male, cannot be ignored. Faber’s personal record speaks volumes with victories over elite warriors such as Dominick Cruz, Raphael Assuncao and Jens Pulver.
Besides, Faber is also a big brothe of Team Alpha Male, a group of fighters with champions like TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Faber’s contributions to MMA as an individual and a member of Team Alpha Male make him one of the greatest warriors of all time.
- Dan Henderson
During his heyday, no one could stop Dan Henderson’s right hand. Defeating famous punches like Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva and Renzo Gracie, Henderson is known for his strength and knack for ending opponents.
However, Henderson has failed to win the UFC throne three times when he was defeated by Michael Bisping, Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson. Although not a champion at the UFC, Henderson’s success in Strikeforce and Pride is certainly enough to make him an MMA legend.
Not only that, Henderson also proves that he is still the elite martial artist when his career is on the other side of the slope with the title match at the age of 46. Henderson’s flexibility, interesting fighting style and victory In front of fellow MMA legends is a factor for him to become a UFC legend.
27 years since its first debut event, UFC has produced many outstanding and world-famous boxers. However, not all boxers have a prestigious title in the largest MMA tournament in the world.
Since its inception in 1993 up to now, UFC has had thousands of boxers. Greatness in the MMA, though, is often measured by the number of titles the puncher has and the number of times they defend those titles. But there are truly special UFC fighters whose greatness cannot be measured by such standards.
Some of the best punchers have ever competed in the UFC but never won the championship. The article below mentioned 5 names that have left the most impression.
Donald Cerrone is one of the few punches the UFC should have. Cerrone holds the record for the most number of attempts at UFC with 36 games, including 23 wins.
With a record of 23 wins and 13 losses at the UFC, Cerrone is also the person with the highest frequency in this tournament with an average of 3 matches / year. During his playing career, this American boxer has faced many famous punches including Conor McGregor, Benson Henderson or Nate Diaz.
Despite losing the lightweight championship title to Rafael dos Anjos, there is no reason to doubt that Cerrone is the most dangerous and talented puncher in UFC history.
With a combination of deadly Muay Thai skills coupled with gripping experience, Cerrone has built his image as an UFC legend and one of the greatest warriors ever to win a championship.
Possessing an excellent skill set along with a cool style makes Diaz one of the most loved punches in the past decade. With victories over names like Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, Diaz over and over again proves that he is capable of beating anyone at any given moment.
Diaz’s only title match was against former champion Benson Henderson, which he lost by consensus. Despite that loss, Diaz’s performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 196 made him one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time. Weakly judged, but Diaz used his overwhelming fighting style and branding skills to subdue McGregor at 1:48 in the second half.
Diaz’s skills, personality, and popularity have cemented his image as one of the most cherished boxers and the best fighter the UFC has ever had.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson believes that it is easy to defeat MMA boxer Conor McGregor under the boxing law.
Mike Tyson is known for his fierce and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior both inside and outside the ring. Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.
Mike Tyson is actively training to get back on track after 15 years off playing. The 54-year-old boxing legend will participate in an eight-round performance match with Roy Jones Jr on September 12 and he is very confident in his own strength.
On the recent Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon show, Mike Tyson was asked about his ability to defeat Conor McGregor, the UFC legend if he had a chance to confront it. Mike Tyson gently replied that he would kick Conor McGregor out of the ring if they were to play boxing rules.
The reason Mike Tyson is confident is because he has a much better body than Conor McGregor. Although 22 years older than this MMA fighter, Tyson played in the heavyweight, while Conor McGregor’s career was tied to light.
During his career, Mike Tyson has won 44 knock-out wins and won 2 world heavyweight boxing titles. In contrast, Conor McGregor, despite being good at MMA, could not promote his talent outside the octagonal cage.
In the first and only boxing match in his career, Conor McGregor lost to puncher Floyd Mayweather in 2017. Since then, Conor McGregor refused to go to the top with boxers before making an announcement. retired in June.
Although confidently winning Conor McGregor, but Mike Tyson also praised the talent of this 32-year-old boxer. He added he never had a real boxing match before he met Floyd, but he still has had 10 rounds against the best boxer in the last 100 years. He’s been through 10 rounds and got some of the greatest boxers in the face for 100 years. It was a commendable part of Conor McGregor’s performance.
Similar to the organization of fighters, the competition rules of MMA tournaments do not have a common point in the world.
Currently, the most popular law, the Unified MMA Rules, was first enacted in the United States in 2000. However, this code is only overseen by the Association of Boxing Comisssion. This is a non-profit organization specializing in boxing-related and fighting sports in North America. Therefore, the Unified MMA Rules basically have only legal effect on this territory.
ONE Championship, M-1 Global and some non-North American tournaments do not actually apply the Unified MMA Rules, but all have their own adjustments. Not only the techniques in competition, even the standard of competition, weight also have certain differences.
IMMAF: The largest amateur organization
In addition to the private leagues such as the UFC or the ONE Championship currently developed in the professional direction, IMMAF is known as the non-profit organization that manages MMA at the largest amateur level at the moment.
Regarding the organization of boxers, IMMAF provides clear rules about how a boxer is recognized as an amateur present in its system. In addition, a separate set of rules makes the IMMAF matches judged to be light enough for amateur fighters to meet.
Currently, IMMAF is maintaining a medal competition system with a knockout competition and martial arts supervision standards and doping prevention. This is seen as an attempt by IMMAF to soon be recognized by the IOC and soon become a sport at the Summer Olympics.
It can be seen that MMA in the world develops in a different direction with many competing sports in the world because of its complexity. Based on the characteristics of the market, the potential of fighters, each tournament chooses different ways of operation.
In addition to professional organizations, the amateur form of international federation such as IMMAF is also worth consulting.
Since the first event in 1993, MMA has experienced 27 years of prosperity to this day. From wild games, lawless just to find the most effective form of fighting, MMA has now become one of the most attractive sports in the early 21st century.
Development is so, but currently there is no organization involved in managing MMA activities in the world. All major MMA organizations are operating in the name of private companies and coordinate their operations on their own terms.
This is the most intuitive description of all brands such as UFC, Bellator in the US, ONE Championship in Asia, M-1 Global in Russia or Cage Warriors in Europe.
Not belonging to any federation or sports organization, the world’s most famous MMA tournaments run like a media company. The match, the action of boxers is now seen as media products for business through the sale of television rights, distributed on online platforms.
Organization of martial artists and competition rules
Operating in private companies, boxers will be recruited with the criteria of their own specialized team. Matches will also be calculated based on a rating system, media performance by match-makers and media teams / partners of the tournament alone. There are absolutely no common standards imposed on these companies.
To make it easy to compare, if Boxing has the Amateur Federation like AIBA or professional like WBC, WBA to classify, evaluate and rank fighters around the world. Meanwhile, MMA has absolutely no units responsible for this. That is the reason for the case of boxers absolutely no amateur or professional competition, still appear on the MMA floor.
However, it should be understood that because of an open and complex technical system such as MMA, it is very difficult to set a common standard. Therefore, the tournament completely relies on the experience of experienced experts to ensure the quality of the fighter.
According to statistics from the end of last decade, UFC has brought in 250 million USD / year, accounting for 90% of revenue from martial arts sport. Much of its revenue comes from monthly subscriptions to watch matches via television. Releasing DVDs, selling T-shirts or watching games on the Internet also brought in significant money.
Currently, UFC is maintaining agreements with broadcasters operating on a global scale. In the United States, UFC signs an agreement with Fox to serve domestic needs while creating the UFC Fight Pass to keep pace with the growing digital trend. Finally is the form of pay-per-view, collecting money directly from the audience through each view.
According to 2014 statistics, UFC’s revenue is 600 million USD and continues to increase. UFC matches are seen almost everywhere in the world. As a result, advertising revenue also increased sharply. According to statistics from 2007, the revenue from advertising after each fiscal year of UFC increased an average of 14.6%.
However, UFC is not the only company that knows how to make money from MMA. Bellator FC, a company founded in 2008 based in Santa Monica, California, is also emerging as a formidable name. Outside the US borders, MMA is also becoming a popular sport around the world. In Asia, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) quickly recognized the trend and became a big name in the regional MMA village.
ONE FC was born in 2011 in Singapore and is the first MMA tournament in the world with a category for female gladiators. Events take place in Singapore and many famous cities in the region such as Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Guangzhou, Yangon, Hefei, Macau and Bangkok. ONE FC also has a long history of cooperation with Fox Sports Asia, the new name of ESPN Star Sports.
Although the industry is growing, the gladiators’ salaries are kept a secret, with the exception of the top names. For those in the top 10 UFC gladiators, the salary they receive is an average of $ 4 million / year. However, the income of lesser gladiators was also much lower.
There was much talk around the money the MMA gladiators received. Even some articles claim that those who pursue this subject just because of passion, not because of money. However, the wage security policy among MMA circles makes it difficult for outsiders to know the truth behind this billion-dollar industry.
Originating in the United States, MMA attracted a lot of American attention before spreading around the world and creating a multi-billion dollar industry.
Mixed Martial Arts is a comprehensive fighting game that allows gladiators to use every attack for the sole purpose of defeating the opponent. The appeal of MMA makes it a money-making industry in the US and is increasingly proving attractive around the world.
Speaking of the MMA industry in the US, it is impossible not to mention the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest tournament. Acquired by the Fertita brothers for $ 2 million in 2001, UFC has achieved unimaginable success. In 2016, the Fertita brothers sold it for $ 4 billion, making it the biggest deal in sports history.
At $ 4 billion, the UFC deal is twice as big as the previous most expensive record in sports. It is even bigger than the value of a series of other famous clubs such as Cowboys, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, New York Yankees or Manchester United. The record selling price says a lot about UFC’s appeal.
At the most basic level, it is easy to see that UFC brings big profits from the operation process. The top matches, attracting a large audience to the field, revenue coming from ticket sales, advertising, television copyright, Internet or other services that UFC provides to the fans.
Before each Super Bowl match, 12,000 seats in the game field were sold out for an average of 340 USD for each ticket. In addition to those who come to the yard, the company also sells to a few million fans the right to watch the game via television, the Internet for more than 40 USD. For those who want to see high definition images, the amount will be more than 50 USD. On average, each peak game will bring in tens of millions of dollars.