not only do guys in the military
enjoy watching this, little white girls such as myself do too.
for me, the draw of the UFC
is in watching and learning from the diverse fight
s displayed in these tournament
s. as a martial art
ist, i can see what works and what doesn't in full contact, no rules
competitions (no rules being a bit of an exageration -- see the rules section below).
the UFC, in my opinion, has proved that in order to win
an all-out, no holds barred fight, one must be proficient in fighting on the ground
, where all fights seem to inevitably wind up. you might be able to kick
like an action star, but when a wrestler
gets you on the ground, those kicks aren't good for much.
the events may be single elimination
tournaments, or a series of bouts. bout
lengths are at the discretion of the promoter
, but championship
bouts are usually 20 minute
fighters must wear mouthguard
s and groin protection
s result in fine
s and disqualification after any combination of three fouls. fines are $500.00 for the first, $500.00 for the second, and $1000.00 for the third. all of the following can result in a foul:
a winner is determined by:
there are oftentimes specialized bouts where different weight classes fight against each other such as the "David versus Goliath" bout which pitted small against big.
Interesting Characters of the UFC
Dan "the beast" Severn (9-3) and Don Frye (9-1) seem to be cut from the same mold, they look quite a bit alike and have the same magnum p.i. moustache
and itty-bitty speedo
style shorts. Both are highly aggresive wrestle
rs who have shown dominance
in gaining control
of their opponent on the ground
Tank Abbot (8-7) appears at first sight to be nothing more than a a huntington beach
who decided he was bad ass
enough to take on large scale competitions. he is, admittedly, a tough guy
, but winds up being beaten because he hasn't got the stamina
(he's got a distinct beer belly
) to continue fighting for long periods of time and seems unable to handle himself well on the ground. his style is listed as "pitfighting".
royce (pronounce "hoyce") gracie is easily one of the most famous UFC
fighters in the history of the competition. a record of 11-0-1 makes him stand out as the most accomplished UFC
fighter of all time. his stamina
, and he could continue fighting for hours until an opportunity for a joint lock or choke
hold presents itself. he is a slight
man, however gracie jiu-jitsu
focuses on conserving energy
which has helped him to overcome much large
r opponents (such as Dan Severn).
and of course, the wonderful referee
, Big John McCarthy is a UFC
. he starts every match shouting "Let's get it on
!" and has a great attention to the well-being of the fighters.