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.
Tito Ortiz's real name Is Jacob Christopher Ortiz
While everyone knows the UFC light heavyweight champion as Tito Oritz, his real name is Jacob Christopher Ortiz.
The State Of Abu Dhabi owns 10 percent of the UFC.
Abu Dhabi’s Flash Entertainment bought a stake in the UFC and will keep their shares even with the recent sale in 2016.
Melton Bowen was the first to wear gloves.
While gloves are now required in the UFC, Melton Bowen is credited to be the first fighter to wear gloves in the Octagon.
The UFC has had international mafia troubles.
Rumors have swirled about the UFC’s long-standing connection with the mafia, but no proof has been provided. In Japan and Mexico, however, they’ve had trouble expanding their business due to organized crime and the mafia like the Yakuza.
The Octagon is inspired by Chuck Norris.
The Octagon has been a constant in all the UFC fights. It was first created by Jason Cusson; he claims it was inspired by the 1980 film, “The Octagon” starring Chuck Norris.