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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Bruce Buffer was born to earn a black belt in MMA, just like his grandfather.
Also known as the “Veteran Voice of the Octagon,” Bruce Buffer, the official Octagon announcer for UFC events, is the grandson of flyweight boxing champion Johnny Buff. Just like his grandfather, Bruce Buffer is also a champion in his own right. He is currently a second-degree black belt in tang soo do.
Travis Fulton is the Iron Man of UFC.
Travis Fulton has been widely known as the Iron Man of UFC, but not everyone knows why. Actually, the title was given to him due to his record-book dominance in UFC. He has the most KO/TKO wins in the history of MMA with 92, and has the most MMA wins by submission with 152. With a record of 247-49-10, he also has the most number of wins.
B.J. Penn was the First Finisher at 155.
During the UFC 80 in 2008 where B.J. Penn won over Joe Stevenson, Penn was recognized as the First Finisher at 155. It was because UFC 80 was the first 155-pound title fight in the history of UFC that did not go to the judges.
The UFC is the Louisiana Purchase of Modern Sports.
In 2001, Zuffa purchased the UFC from Sephamore Entertainment Group for $2 million. Shortly after the purchase, terrific site MMA Payout reported that UFC 141 raked in $3.1 million on gate alone. Apparently, it was a pretty bad deal for White of Semaphore, whereas a slam-bang deal for the Fertitta brothers.
The first MMA fight of Forrest Griffin was against Dan Severn.
The first UFC fight that retired American MMA artist Forrest Griffin ever got into was that against Dan Severn. It was a loss for Griffin and a win by unanimous decision for Severn. Back then in 2001, Griffin had just started his career in the MMA while Severn was already in his 58th fight as a professional.