A full contact combat sport, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) covers judo, amateur wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, catch wrestling, karate, kick boxing and muay thai. For decades, this sport has been very popular not only among men but also among women. While fans of MMA know much about this sport, there are still some facts that may elude some. Here are 25 Fun MMA Facts That You May Or May Not Know:
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Joe Rogan and Eddie Bravo are friends and share several similarities.
Accomplished MMA practitioner and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Eddie Bravo and world-renowned BJJ expert Joe Rogan are cut from the same plant. Aside from the fact that they are both big names in the world of MMA, they are also outspoken marijuana advocates. Both personalities have known each other for the longest time but they claim that their friendship does not affect the way they treat each other during training.
There is more to Mike Goldberg than being an MMA commentator.
Every MMA enthusiast knows Mike Goldberg as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However, not everyone knows that when he is not calling UFC fights, he is actually the announcer for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. On top of that, he also does play-by-play for Arizona Cardinals football games and many others.
Junior Dos Santos is the real UFC Super Fight Champion.
Even before MMA Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock won the UFC Super Fight Championship belt, Junior Dos Santos was already the reigning title holder. Shortly after Shamrock seized the title in 1995, the title was renamed the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Hence, technically, Dos Santos is still the UFC Super Fight Champion and that title remains unbroken up until today.
Matt Serra was the first American Black Belter under the Gracie Family.
Matt Serra is known as the first American to have been awarded a BJJ Black Belt under Renzo Gracie. At an early age during the 1990s, Serra began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under famous MMA fighter Renzo Gracie, who was also under retired MMA fighter Carlos Gracie, Jr.
UFC 28 was the only Super Heavyweight Fight in the history of UFC.
UFC 28: High Stakes was held on November 17, 2000 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. That bout between Josh Barnett and Gan McGee was the first and only super heavyweight bout ever staged in UFC history. In this game, Barnett won by technical knockout.