Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed
martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized
as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The
UFC is headquartered in Las
Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by
UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's
best fighters irrespective of their style, and
was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting. Although
there was a limited number of rules, the UFC was
initially known as no holds barred fighting and
contests were often violent and brutal. Early
UFC fights were less sport than spectacle, which
led to accusations of brutality and "human
cock fighting" by opponents. Political pressures
eventually led the UFC into the underground, as
pay-per-view providers nixed UFC programming,
nearly extinguishing the UFC's public visibility.
political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself,
slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned
by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself
as a legitimate sporting event. Dropping the no
holds barred label and carrying the banner of
mixed martial arts, the UFC has emerged from its
political isolation to become more socially acceptable,
regaining its position in pay-per-view television.
a cable television deal and expansion into new
markets within the United States and Europe, the
UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge
in popularity, along with greater mainstream media
coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on Spike
TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other
countries worldwide. (Credit:
stops Mir, St. Pierre wins at UFC 100 - 11th July
Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely
brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping
the sport's landmark weekend with a second-round
stoppage of Frank Mir.
Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title
with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded
mixed martial arts skills in an unanimous decision
over Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked
out Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight
upset as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple
digits on a celebratory night for the proliferating
Lesnar (4-1) ended the main event with a relentless
series of right hands into the face of Mir, who
handed Lesnar his only loss nearly 18 months ago.
Lesnar, a hulking former pro wrestler with a mercurial
temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir
was rising from the ground. He added a two-handed
obscene gesture to the booing sellout crowd at
the Mandalay Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining
but unflattering end on the highest-profile show
in the sport's history.
There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship
from St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered
the UFC's pound-for-pound best. He was the superior
fighter from the start, winning every round on
every scorecard while steadily punishing his Brazilian
opponent with punches, kicks and repeated takedowns
in his third title defense.
Nearly 16 years after MMA pioneer Royce Gracie
won three fights in one night to triumph at UFC
1 in Denver, the sport reached a centennial of
sorts before a frenzied sellout crowd in the UFC's
hometown. The arena was packed well before the
main bouts, including some fans who apparently
paid more than $40,000 online for resold tickets.
The league has grown from a bit player in a fringe
pastime to an estimated $1 billion company, and
the weekend's festivities reflected its success
despite the widespread skepticism it still faces
from other sports fans and some states' lawmakers.
The 100th showcase was broadcast live in 75 countries,
and thousands of fans without tickets for the
event packed into closed-circuit shows all along
the Strip. Tens of thousands attended the first
UFC Fan Expo, immersing themselves in the lifestyle
built around the sport.
Lesnar, who turns 32 on Sunday, again moved upward
in the eclectic trajectory of a former college
wrestler who performed in the WWE and briefly
suited up for the Minnesota Vikings before embarking
on an MMA career just over three years ago.
Mir (12-4) beat Lesnar with a knee bar at UFC
81, forcing Lesnar to tap out 90 seconds into
his second UFC fight. Lesnar, whose name recognition
and menacing approach earned him lightning-quick
shots at the sport's biggest prizes, recovered
by beating Heath Herring and then stopping Randy
Couture last November to claim the heavyweight
Lesnar used his 265 pounds to take position on
top of Mir early, and Lesnar stayed on top throughout
a dull first round, throwing punches that mostly
did little. Mir made a bit of headway in the second,
but was trapped against the octagon by Lesnar,
who kept throwing right hands until Mir's defense
"Keep booing! Keep booing!" Lesnar yelled
to the largely unsympathetic crowd.
After dominating the first 14 minutes with several
takedowns, St. Pierre (19-2) knocked Alves onto
his back with a punch late in the third. But St.
Pierre also injured his groin in the third, and
Alves (22-5) managed to gain position for the
only time in the fight.
St. Pierre escaped and nearly finished it with
a rear naked choke on Alves, who lost for the
first time in eight fights.
"When I was on my back, he pushed my leg
down," St. Pierre said. "It could have
been a very bad night for me."
In the undercard showdown between the veteran
fighters who served as coaches on the past season
of the UFC's popular television show, Henderson
(25-7) flattened Bisping with a spectacular right
hand in the second round.
Henderson, a Californian who traded verbal barbs
with Manchester native Bisping over the past several
months, pursued Bisping (18-2) around the octagon
during a largely stand-up fight until Bisping's
defense slipped. Henderson then landed another
heavy right hand while Bisping was senseless and
defenseless on his back before the referee tackled
"What happened?" Bisping asked Wolfslair
Academy training mate Rampage Jackson as they
walked to the locker room afterward.
to be shown on Australian television via Foxtel
- Main Event TV
Fighting Championship® Events Launch in 2007
Australia on MAIN EVENT
LLC and MAIN EVENT Television today announced
that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®)
organization's live pay-per-view events will return
to Australian televisions and will betelecast
throughout the country on the MAIN EVENT channel
in 2007, commencing with UFC 67: All OR NOTHING
at 2.00pm EDT on Sunday, February 4, 2007.
highly popular UFC events, featuring the world's
most recognizable mixed martial arts fighters,
are taking the world by storm with sell-out crowds
and incredible pay-per-view telecasts.
in Las Vegas, Nev (USA) the UFC is entering its
fourteenth year of operation as a professional
mixed martial arts organization, and is currently
expanding to the United Kingdom and Europe.
to FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS residential subscribers,
MAIN EVENT is the place for pay-per-view events.
The addition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
events brings subscribers the best combat sports
are pleased to bring the world's most exciting
live sports event - the UFC - back to fight fans
throughout Australia," said (UFC President
Dana White. "Through MAIN EVENT all of our
pay-per-view events will now be available to all
of our fans in Australia. We look forward to bringing
them all the best fights as they happen, as well
as new and exciting ways that they can experience
are delighted to have secured the Ultimate Fighting
Championship events for MAIN EVENT - they are
a fantastic addition to the wide range of pay-per-view
programming offered by the channel to our subscribers,"
MAIN EVENT Channel Manager David Spencer said.
67: ALL OR NOTHING features the UFC Middleweight
title bout between Anderson "The Spider"
Silva and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts
of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin
Eastman and Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Eddie
(17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated
Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become
the new UFC Middleweight Champion. He is an extremely
well-rounded fighter with phenomenal striking
skills and is looking to make Lutter his first
successful title defense. Lutter (12-3) has fought
all over the world including Brazil, Denmark,
Japan and England. He made his UFC debut with
a victory over Marvin Eastman at UFC 50 in October
2004. During The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter used
his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to dominate
all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete "Drago"
Sell and punch his ticket to the finals in Las
Vegas. There, he submitted Canadian Patrick Cote
by armlock at 2:18 of the first round.
"Cro Cop" is considered worldwide as
one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts
today. Notorious for his devastating striking
skills - especially his high kicks -- which he
used to knockout Aleksander Emelianenko and most
recently Vanderlei Silva, Mirko "Cro Cop"
storms into the UFC ready to battle anyone who
dares to oppose him. Eddie Sanchez is a freestyle
fighter with heavy hands who always comes to bang.
Undefeated with a 8-0 mixed martial arts record,
Sanchez is confident that if he lands his right
hand the fight will be over and he will have a
marquis win over Mirko "Cro Cop" on
"Rampage" Jackson is known and respected
for his raw strength, power slams and equal striking
ability. He marches into the UFC with a motive
and a plan to capture the UFC light heavyweight
crown. He is prepared to wipe out all the top
205-pounders the UFC puts before him, and blaze
a path to a much desired title shot. Marvin Eastman
is a mixed martial arts veteran who is recognized
for pushing the pace and for using his striking
power to score ferocious knockouts. He will step
into the OctagonT ready to do battle with Jackson
and establish his name as a top fighter in the
67: ALL OR NOTHING will take place live from the
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV (USA)
on Saturday, February 3, 2006. Each month commencing
in February, 2007 MAIN EVENT will broadcast UFC
PPV Events Live from the USA commencing at 2.00pm
EDT with a full replay at 6.30pm EDT.
and full details on each UFC PPV Event can be
found at www.mainevent.com.au
The Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the
world's leading professional mixed martial arts
organization and offers the premier series of
MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa,
LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the
UFC® organization produces approximately eight
live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed
through cable and satellite providers. In addition
to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are
distributed throughout the world including broadcast
on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and
Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information,
or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com
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