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Even though there have been other competitions similar to the UFC, noneof them had the flair and the dedication as UFC did.

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It’s no secret that martial arts has indeed come a long way over the years.  Many years ago, Bruce LeeBruce Lee Ultimate Collection (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / Way of the Dragon / Game of Death / Game of Death II) helped the arts become even more famous, when he developed his style of Jeet Kune DoTao of Jeet Kune Do. He participated in several movies, showing the world his speed and finesse.  Since then, movies have been a popular way to showcase martial arts skills.

Back in the early 1990s, something known as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipOctagon (Ultimate Fighting Championship)) came along to take things one step further.  Even though there have been other competitions similar to the UFC, none of them had the flair and the dedication as UFC did.  When it first began, the UFC paired different styles and different weight classes.

The result were exciting fights with varying results. The first ever champion was a man from Brazil named Royce GracieSuperfit: Royce Gracie's Ultimate Martial Arts Fitness and Nutrition Guide (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series). Gracie was the first to introduce Brazilian Jui-Jitsu in this way, opening up the eyes of everyone who witness him fight.  After the first UFC tournament, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu was instantly viewed as the best martial art. Royce weighed under 200 pounds, and he was completely dominating people nearly 3 times his size.

Gracie would go on to win UFC 2 and 4 as well.  He was the most dominating in the sport, and opened the eyes of everyone across the world.  In UFC 3, he didn’t lose, although he ran into a very tough fighter who nearly beat him.  Gracie came back in UFC 5 for a superfight match up with Ken Shamrock, which would go the distance and end in a draw.

Other fighters have done exceptionally well in the UFC, although none of them had the impact as Royce Gracie.  Fighters like Ken ShamrockBehind the Octagon With Ken Shamrock, Dan SevernTHE BEST OF THE BEAST: Dan Severn's Hall of Fame Grappling Secrets, Oleg TaktarovSambo: Oleg Taktarov The Russian Bear Vol.2, Matt HughesUFC 60 - MATT HUGHES VS ROYCEGRACIE, and Matt Sylivia have also done very well. Matt Hughes is also regarded as one of the best, as he fights in the Welterweight class and is considered pound for pound to be the best fighter in the world.

In the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)Mixed Martial Arts For Dummies, the UFC has made a big impact. In its beginning, there were no rules and no judges, just one-on-one matches until someone either tapped out, got knocked out, or the ref threw in the towel.  Fighters also fought in a tournament style as well, which took 3 fights to win the championship.

Over the years, there have been several changes. The UFC would start with judges after a few years, along with eliminating the tournaments. The fights would eventually go to one-on-one, which was great for the fans. Although the fights didn’t have time limits in the beginning, they do now.  The non title fights are three 5 minute rounds, while the title fights are five 5 minute rounds.

If a fight goes to the judges, they will decide the winner.  There are three judges, who normally change with each different UFC.  Judges are there to determine the winner if there is no knockout or submission, while the ref is there to protect the fighters.  The referee can stop a fight as well, if a fighter is unable to defend himself.

With all the changes in the rules of the UFC over time, it’s only a matter of time before the UFC gains a lot more popularity. It is more popular today than it ever has been, which tells you that martial arts have come a long way.  Martial arts is very popular these days, with competitions such as the UFC being one of the most popular sporting events in the world.

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