25 Bloody Things You Will Want To Know About the UFC

Just a few hours ago, the UFC announced that it has been sold for an astounding $4.2 billion, and what some fans might see as the end of a glorious era, others might view as the rise of a new, brighter period for the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion company that features most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. In 2001, the ailing franchise’s value didn’t exceed $2 million, but on Monday, July 11, 2016, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White sold the leading professional fight brand for a record-breaking reported $4.2 billion. Thanks to the rapid and “violent” progress of the sport of MMA, the UFC became one of the largest and fastest growing sports brands in the world.

Dana White, the dominant and most recognized non-fighting figure of the sport and the man who had a twenty percent share in the UFC under its parent company, Zuffa, will stay on as the CEO, but his word will no longer be the final one, and that will probably be the most crucial thing (for the fans and the sport itself) going forward. So what make UFC as valuable and profitable as Star Wars? The answer might be hidden in the following 25 Bloody Things You Will Want To Know About the UFC, the world’s fastest growing and most profitable fight brand in the world.

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The earliest UFC events, before the promotion was taken over by Zuffa, were marketed as some kind of barbaric death match where only one man would leave the octagon alive. Dana White admits that back then they had to do whatever they could to get attention, even if it was negative attention.

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Although the UFC used the tagline “There are no rules!” in the early 1990's, it did in fact operate with limited rules. It banned biting and eye gouging and frowned on (but still allowed) techniques such as hair pulling, head-butting, groin strikes, and fish-hooking. For that matter, in a UFC 4 qualifying match, competitors Jason Fairn and Guy Mezger agreed not to pull hair—as they both wore ponytails tied back for the match.

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Frankie Edgar became the first fighter in UFC history to log more than six hours of fight time during UFC 200. He has now spent six hours, two minutes, and forty-nine seconds in the octagon.

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Only two fighters have won the belt in two weight classes. Randy Couture was the first, winning in heavyweight and light heavyweight. B. J. Penn won in welterweight and then lightweight.

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Additionally, Randy Couture has competed in a record fifteen title fights and also holds the most title reigns in the UFC with five. He is the only UFC champ to have recovered a title he had previously lost a record three times.

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