Headlock: A Quick Guide to UFC

There are a lot of fascinating sports out there, but one kind that many of us love is contact sports. Let’s be real – you can’t get any better than UFC in this regard. It’s not called the Ultimate Fighter for no reason, after all! 

UFC matches consist of a lot of twists and turns, and it provides some impeccable betting opportunities (Just check out Fanduel’s MMA fight odds if you don’t believe us!). So, if you’re looking to get into this sport, there are a few basics that you need to know first. Here is everything that you need to know in a short format about the UFC.

What Does It Mean?

We already alluded to this, but UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It’s basically all about MMA fighting, and it’s one of the most highly publicized MMA fighting tournaments on TV. It’s worth noting, however, that MMA and UFC are two different things – UFC is basically the company promoting MMA, not MMA as a whole. 


So, what about the rules – it has to have some, right? Well, in its original marketing, it was sold as an event where there were no rules, but that’s certainly not the case, especially now. There are a bunch of different rules, but rest assured – they’re there to keep the competitors safe, not to spoil any fun.

Round 1!

A given UFC fight can last for up to 5 rounds before the game has to end, though there are some fights that are given a limit of only 3 rounds. Sometimes there will be a fourth ‘sudden death’ round for fights that aren’t main events. 

To put it simply though, the first person to get a knockout is the one that will win the match. There are also other ways that a UFC match can end. For instance, if the fighter who is relinquishing their shot at winning taps the mat three times or they verbally say that they submit. It can also end based on the judge’s discretion, on a technical knockout, or a player can become disqualified because they have performed an illegal action. There are more circumstances too, of course, but these are just some of the main ones.

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The Octagon

You don’t have a UFC round on a football pitch, that’s for sure. No – the UFC has a special location that it uses for all of its fights. It’s in a fighting ring called The Octagon that’s specially designed for the purpose. As the name suggests, it’s octagonal in structure and it measures 30 feet in diameter, 6 feet in height and the platform is 4 feet high. We imagine it’s a pretty intimidating place to be in, but it’s where all of the action happens in the UFC matches.

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We Are the Champions

The UFC has produced some pretty impressive champions in numerous divisions through the years. In fact, certain titles even have a person of each gender as the champion, such as Henry Cejudo and Amanda Nunes in the Bantamweight division. You’ve probably heard about at least a few of the big names from the UFC, such as Rhonda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and more.

(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Most Back to Back Wins

A bit of trivia for you in case you wanted to wow your friends on your next get together! The record for the most consecutive UFC wins is currently held by Anderson Silva, a Brazilian fighter who managed to get a massive 16 wins in a row in the period between 2006 and 2013. He was in the middleweight class and throughout his career, he fought 24 matches. When you think about the number of wins that he had under his belt, this is a pretty impressive career. He did win another fight in 2017 too, though he hasn’t had that same winning streak since 2013.


The UFC is pretty awesome, and now you know a lot more about it! Now you’re ready to watch your next match and place your bets. Exciting, right? 


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