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UFC

UFC or The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the largest promotion of Mixed Martial Arts in

the world. Based in America, the UFC has been around for 25 years, and in that time has

established itself as the home of Mixed Martial Arts.


  1. UFC Foundation
  2. Controversy and reform of UFC
  3. Zuffa Era
  4. The Mid-2000s and rise in popularity
  5. Takeovers
  6. UFC Women’s Fighting
  7. Top UFC Fighters
  8. Top 15 Highest UFC Selling Pay Per Views of all time


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UFC Foundation


UFC was founded in 1993 by Art Davie, Bob Meyrowitz, Rorion Gracie, David Isaacs, John

Milius, and Campbell McLaren. The UFC came from an idea by Art Davie when he proposed

the idea of a War of the Worlds tournament, which would be an eight-man single elimination

tournament. They started WOW production, later getting a contract for pay-per-views with SEG.

They called their show The Ultimate Championship.


When it was first founded, the UFC had the famous tagline of there are no rules. However, there

were a few rules it followed then which got stricter with the passage of time.


Controversy and reform of UFC


The violent nature of UFC drew the ire of the Government, with Senator John McCain calling the

sport ‘human cockfighting.’ This attention was not to the favour of UFC, as it saw ‘no-holds

barred’ fighting being banned in a number of states, as well as New York. UFC was forced to

relocate to Dothan, Alabama.


In response, UFC cooperated with the State Athletic Commissions and increased the number of

rules, including groin strikes, fish hooks, as well as regarding ground strikes. Slowly but surely

this saw a rise in their audience once more.


Zuffa Era


Following the struggle to survive, SEG was on the brink of bankruptcy in the 2000s. Dana White

and the Fertitas approached and bought UFC from them, forming Zuffa, LLC.


They tried to bring the events to larger audiences and made it a larger live event with fights

taking place in Casinos in Las Vegas and Trump Taj Mahal. Although there were initial problems

with trying to make money, UFC 40 saw them turn around. They sold out the MGM Grand Arena

and sold over 150,000 pay-per-views, which at that time was a massive number.


However, despite the success, the losses were accumulating. Seeing that their pay-per-view

business model was not helping them, Zuffa made a foray into the world of television. The

Ultimate Fighter began being broadcast on a regular basis and they found Spike TV as an outlet.

The live broadcast of the season finale of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter drew a huge 1.9

rating.


Dana White credited this event with having saved UFC.


The Mid-2000s and rise in popularity


The mid-2000s were critical for the UFC, as this era saw a huge surge in the popularity of the

sport. UFC 60 saw 620,000 pay-per-view buys, a rematch between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell

saw them hit a milestone at UFC 66, putting them over 1 million in pay-per-view buys.


Takeovers


With the continued rise in popularity of the UFC, they started to buy out their competition. They

first bought PRIDE, which was followed by a huge coup when they purchased Strikeforce in

2011.



UFC Women’s Fighting


UFC also started Women’s Fights with Ronda Rousey being a pioneer. Since then, there are

women’s fights on almost every UFC event.


UFC-Fox Partnership and UFC-ESPN Partnership:


The partnership which finally set UFC up as the giant that they are today was the partnership

with FOX. The partnership lasted for 8 years, from 2011 to 2018. Since 2019, UFC has started a

new partnership with ESPN.


Top UFC Fighters


Over the years, UFC has had a large number of top talent from around the globe, including:

Ken Shamrock, Conor McGregor, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier,

Cain Velasquez, Michael Bisping, Frank Mir, Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones, Khabib

Nurmagomedov, Anderson Silva, to name just a few. UFC still have lot of top MMA fighters in the roste with top UFC Rankings.


Top 15 Highest UFC Selling Pay Per Views of all time


Without a doubt UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor was the top selling PPV of all time but what were the other few? Check below table for that


Nos.DateEventBuy rateRevenue
110/6/2018UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor2,400,000$180 million
28/20/2016UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 21,650,000$90 million
37/11/2009UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir1,600,000$82 million
43/5/2016UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz1,500,000$80 million
512/12/2015UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor1,400,000$80 million
611/12/2016UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor1,300,000$83 million
77/9/2016UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes1,200,000$71 million
87/3/2010UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin1,160,000$55 million
911/15/2015UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm1,100,000$60 million
1012/30/2016UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey1,100,000$60 million
1112/30/2006UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 21,050,000$53 million
125/29/2010UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans1,050,000$51 million
1310/23/2010UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez1,050,000$45 million
1412/28/2013UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva II1,025,000$57 million
1511/15/2008UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar1,010,000$47 million


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