These days, the UFC is more than just an idea or a U.S. based mixed martial arts organization. Quite frankly, it's the biggest and best MMA organization on the planet.
Important UFC Figures:
- Owners: Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta (Chairman/CEO)
- President: Dana White
- VP Regulatory: Marc Ratner
- VP Talent Relations and Matchmaker: Joe Silva
The Dark Days :
UFC For Sale:
UFC Rebounds With The Ultimate Fighter or TUF:
The show and the amazing TUF 1 championship battle between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar brought in fans by the boatload. Subsequent TUF shows plus more doses of the UFC on regular television helped the organization rebound. Along with this, in 2006 they generated $222,766,000 in revenue.
Hall Of Fame UFC Fighters:
Some Important UFC Fights:
- Royce Gracie defeats Ken Shamrock at UFC 1: Shamrock was much bigger than Gracie. But a quick rear naked choke by Royce proved that size didn't always matter so much.
- Royce Gracie defeats Gerard Gordeau at UFC 1: The first UFC champion was determined by this fight. That alone puts it on the list.
- Royce Gracie defeats Dan Severn at UFC 4: There's a reason why Royce Gracie was in a lot of important UFC fights- his style of fighting proved to be dominant early on and served to help teach the world about combat. Still, many wondered aloud what might happen if he fought a bigger world-class wrestler. Enter Dan Severn, a man with a near 90 pound weight advantage and a world class Greco-Roman background. Severn was winning this fight most of the way with ground and pound. But then the world became acquainted with the triangle choke, a choke that a practitioner can apply from his back with the use of his legs. And with that, the Gracie name became even bigger than it had already been.
- Tito Ortiz defeats Ken Shamrock at UFC 40: This main event served as the beginning of the comeback trail for the UFC and Zuffa. Around 150,000 pay per view purchasers watched Ortiz dominate the early UFC and professional wrestling star with ground and pound on his way to a third round TKO victory.
- Forrest Griffin defeats Stephan Bonnar in the Ultimate Fighter Finale: A ridiculous amount of viewers tuned into the TUF 1 Finale to watch Griffin and Bonnar engage in a stand up war. The heart and determination both fighters demonstrated was amazing. Griffin won a unanimous decision that could've gone either way. This is the fight that truly started MMA's surge in popularity.
- Chuck Liddell defeats Tito Ortiz at UFC 47: Ortiz had refused to fight Liddell on the grounds of a friendship that Liddell wasn't feeling when "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" was champion. Finally, the feud between these two was settled when Liddell unleashed a torrent of heavy punches in the second round of UFC 47, putting Ortiz away via KO.
- Matt Hughes defeats Royce Gracie at UFC 60: Most Americans hadn't seen Royce Gracie since he'd dominated the early UFC tournaments. Hence, they wondered how the former star would fare against the greatest welterweight champion in UFC history. Not well. In the end, Hughes found himself on Gracie's back pounding away unmercifully when the referee chose to step in. This fight served as a changing of the guard in the UFC.