Mixed Martial Arts has had a long and proud history. From Greek, Brazilian, and Japanese culture, mixing various fighting styles has been a common practice. Only until recent has mixed martial arts become more popular with the advent of the UFC. As an international organization, the Ultimate Fighting Champion has become synonymous with the best fighter in the world. It’s also a multi-billion dollar industry with many fighters vying for the title. Here are 25 Interesting MMA Facts You’ll Want To Know.
Zuffa purchased the UFC for $2 million.
The owner of the UFC, Zuffa LLC, purchased the organization for $2 million in 2001. They recently sold it for $4.2 billion in 2016.
Anderson Silva holds the record for most knockouts.
Considered one of the best strikers in the world, Anderson “The Spider” Silva holds the records for most knockouts in The Octagon.
Ken and Frank Shamrock aren't biological brothers.
UFC Hall of Famer and champion Ken Shamrock and his brother Frank were both adopted by Bob Shamrock. For a long time, the two were in a heated feud, but they began mending fences around 2013.
Tank Abbott appeared in a Friends episode with Jon Favreau.
In the episode “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion,” Tank Abbott is a guest star and fights actor and director Jon Favreau.
UFC 37.5 was the first fight ever aired on U.S. Cable.
In the UFC 37.5 fight, Vitor Belfort and Chuck Liddell faced off against each other and was the first fight ever aired on cable.
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