History UsefulNotes / MixedMartialArts

30th Jan '18 6:57:13 PM CanadianPsycho000
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** The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.

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** The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death empty stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.
30th Jan '18 6:49:35 PM CanadianPsycho000
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** The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.

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** The **The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.
30th Jan '18 6:46:56 PM CanadianPsycho000
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The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.

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The **The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.
30th Jan '18 6:44:07 PM CanadianPsycho000
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The Canadian Rory MacDonald is also known for his rather unnerving death stare, to the point where UFC commentator Joe Rogan once said that the fighter creeps the hell out of him.
18th Jan '18 12:10:25 PM caivu
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* Kinju Dayal, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/Spiritus'', is a female world-champion fighter in the Open Combat Championships, a futuristic MMA organization.

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* Kinju Dayal, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/Spiritus'', ''ComicBook/{{Spiritus}}'', is a female world-champion fighter in the Open Combat Championships, a futuristic MMA organization.
18th Jan '18 11:46:51 AM caivu
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* Kinju Dayal, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/Spiritus'', is a female world-champion fighter in the Open Combat Championships, a futuristic MMA organization.
27th Dec '17 12:28:47 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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The perceived violence of the fledgling sport led Arizona Senator John [=McCain=] to famously dub it "human cockfighting." [=McCain=] sent letters to all 50 US state governors urging them to outlaw the sport, and soon 36 states passed laws banning "no holds barred fighting." As viewership declined, SEG instituted more safety measures to make the promotion more akin to a combat sport that focused on individual achievement rather than a no-holds-barred contest between styles. They dropped the tournament format and worked with the California and New Jersey State Athletic Boards to draw up a strict rule-set emphasizing fighter safety, which became known as the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.

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The perceived violence of the fledgling sport led Arizona Senator John [=McCain=] to famously dub it "human cockfighting." [=McCain=] sent letters to all 50 US state governors urging them to outlaw the sport, and soon 36 states passed laws banning "no holds barred fighting." As viewership declined, SEG instituted more safety measures to make the promotion more akin to a combat sport that focused on individual achievement rather than a no-holds-barred contest between styles. They dropped the tournament format and senior referee John [=McCarthy=] worked with the California and New Jersey State Athletic Boards to draw up a strict rule-set emphasizing fighter safety, which became known as the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.



Competition features a much wider array of legal techniques than other combat sports, but there are also many fouls and illegal actions. Fighters are generally prohibited from grabbing the cage or ropes as well as their opponent's hair, trunks, and gloves. Fighters cannot strike certain parts of the body, such as the spine, throat, eyes, groin, and the back of the head. Some types of strikes are prohibited, such as headbutts, while others are legal only in certain circumstances. For example, kicking or kneeing the head of a downed opponent is usually illegal in American MMA. Standard competition lasts for three rounds of five minutes each, with five rounds for most main events. Judging in America is based on the ten-point must system of boxing.

Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he must continue to defend himself as his opponent continues to attack him. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, even if he is not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety. If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes to surrender, he must "tap out" on the mat or his opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he can also verbally submit.

Fighters wear small four or five-ounce fingerless gloves that protect their hands but still allow their fingers to grip for various grappling techniques. No shoes or complete foot coverings are allowed. Fights take place in a modified boxing ring or cage of various sizes and shapes. The cage is designed with grappling in mind, as it prevents opponents from falling through or getting entangled in the ropes. Almost all American MMA promotions use some version of a cage. Japanese MMA has traditionally used rings due to the influence of professional wrestling, though cages are gaining popularity in major promotions.

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Competition features a much wider array of legal techniques than other combat sports, but there are also many fouls and illegal actions. Fighters are generally prohibited from grabbing the cage or ropes as well as their opponent's hair, trunks, and gloves. Fighters cannot strike certain parts of the body, such as the spine, throat, eyes, groin, and the back of the head. Some types of strikes are prohibited, such as headbutts, while others are legal only in certain circumstances. For example, kicking or kneeing the head of a downed opponent is usually illegal in American MMA, but has long been allowed in Japanese MMA. Standard competition lasts for three rounds of five minutes each, with five rounds for most main events.events and all championship bouts. Judging in America is based on the ten-point must system of boxing.

Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he they must continue to defend himself themself as his their opponent continues to attack him. them. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself compete and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, themself, even if he is they are not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety. If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes they wishe to surrender, he they must "tap out" on the mat or his their opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he they can also verbally submit.

Fighters wear small four or five-ounce fingerless gloves that protect their hands but still allow their fingers to grip for various grappling techniques. No shoes or complete foot coverings are allowed. [[note]] (Required safety gear includes mouthpieces, along with athletic cups for men and sports bras for women. Women also have the option of wearing either a halter top or a short-sleeved shirt. Elastic-only knee and ankle wraps are also allowed)[[/note]] Fights take place in a modified boxing ring or cage of various sizes and shapes. The cage is designed with grappling in mind, as it prevents opponents from falling through or getting entangled in the ropes. Almost all American MMA promotions use some version of a cage.cage; in an effort to attain uniformity, the UFC in 2001 began allowing smaller promotions to use the eight-sided cage, though they cannot legally refer to them as an "Octagon". Japanese MMA has traditionally used rings due to the influence of professional wrestling, though cages are gaining popularity in major promotions.



Promotions following the Unified Rules use standardized weight classes ranging from Flyweight at 125 lbs up to Super-Heavyweight at over 265 lbs. The UFC hosts fights from all weight classes except Super Heavyweight. Japanese promotions tend to use slightly different classes and names. Competitors must weigh in the day before an event and not exceed their class's maximum weight in order to qualify for the fight. Just like other sports involving weight classes, "weight cutting" is a common tactic to gain a size advantage. Fighters will severely dehydrate themselves in the days leading up to the weigh-in to lower their weight down to the limit, then spend the rest of the day rehydrating back to their normal weight. This allows fighters to compete in weight classes that are up to 20 lbs lighter than what they truly weigh on the day of the fight. Extreme weight cutting is far less common in Japanese promotions, leading many fighters to appear undersized for their weight class.

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Promotions following the Unified Rules use standardized weight classes ranging from Flyweight at 125 lbs up to Super-Heavyweight at over 265 lbs. The UFC hosts fights from all weight classes except Super Heavyweight. Japanese promotions tend to use slightly different classes and names. Competitors must weigh in the day before an event and not exceed their class's maximum weight in order to qualify for the fight. Just like other sports involving weight classes, "weight cutting" is a common tactic to gain a size advantage. Fighters will severely dehydrate themselves in the days leading up to the weigh-in to lower their weight down to the limit, then spend the rest of the day rehydrating back to their normal weight. This allows fighters to compete in weight classes that are up to 20 lbs lighter than what they truly weigh on the day of the fight. Extreme Due to a longtime lack of high school and collegiate wrestling, extreme weight cutting is far less common in Japanese promotions, leading many fighters to appear undersized for their weight class.



** Chris Weidman had former middleweight champion Anderson Silva's number two times, the second time with a piercing leg kick check that shattered Silva's leg and possibly his career.
* AmazonianBeauty: Creator/RondaRousey and {{Gina Carano}} have both posed for glamour magazines, while Rousey and rival Miesha Tate posed for ESPN's "Body Issue" in successive years (2012 & 2013).
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Brendan Schaub's tan complexion and close-cropped hair have made him mistaken for a mixed-race black man on occasion, including his castmates on ''The Ultimate Fighter''. In reality, Schaub has entirely European ancestry. He currently goes by a new nickname, "Big Brown."

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** Chris Weidman had former middleweight champion Anderson Silva's number two times, the second time with a piercing leg kick check that shattered Silva's leg and possibly nearly ended his career.
* AmazonianBeauty: Creator/RondaRousey and {{Gina Carano}} have both posed for glamour magazines, while Rousey and rival Miesha Tate posed for ESPN's "Body Issue" in successive years (2012 & 2013).
2013). Other women who have begun making inroads in this regard include UFC flyweights Andrea Lee and Paige Van Zant.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Brendan Schaub's tan complexion and close-cropped hair have made gotten him mistaken for a mixed-race black man on occasion, including his castmates on ''The Ultimate Fighter''. In reality, Schaub has entirely European ancestry. He currently goes by a new nickname, ancestry (English, Italian & German). His last nickname before retiring was "Big Brown."



* AscendedFanboy: Joe Silva was an MMA geek and super-fan before becoming the official matchmaker of the UFC. As such, he's the third most powerful figure in the sport.

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* AscendedFanboy: Joe Silva was an MMA geek and super-fan before becoming the official matchmaker of the UFC. As such, he's he was considered the third most powerful figure in the sport.sport before retiring in 2016.



** Kimbo Slice is well known for his bushy facial hair. One reporter asked future opponent James Thompson whether it was fair that Thompson had to fight both Kimbo Slice ''and'' his beard at the same time.

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** Kimbo Slice is was well known for his bushy facial hair. One reporter asked future opponent James Thompson whether it was fair that Thompson had to fight both Kimbo Slice ''and'' his beard at the same time.



** Conor [=McGregor=] grew a big, bushy blond beard shortly into his UFC career, and it's quickly become the anchor of his signature look.

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** Conor [=McGregor=] grew a big, bushy blond beard shortly into his UFC career, and it's it quickly become the anchor of his signature look.



* BadassInCharge: It's not uncommon for the referees to have actual fight training themselves. Herb Dean is actually a former mixed martial artist with a 2-3 record. Mario Yamasaki is a 4th degree black belt in Judo and BJJ. Dan Miragliotta has been practicing martial arts since he was 14 and has run his own training school. A former police officer, at 6'4 and over 250 pounds John [=McCarthy=] towers over most of the octagon fighters and is a BJJ black belt himself.

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* BadassInCharge: It's not uncommon for the referees to have actual fight training themselves. Herb Dean is actually a former mixed martial artist with a 2-3 record. record; Mario Yamasaki is a 4th degree black belt in Judo and BJJ. BJJ; Dan Miragliotta has been practicing martial arts since he was 14 and has run his own training school. A former police officer, at 6'4 school; and over 250 pounds John [=McCarthy=] towers over most of is not only 6'3" and nearly 250 pounds (making him bigger than some ''heavyweights''), he's a former police officer who ran the octagon fighters LAPD's hand-to-hand combat instruction program for years, and is a BJJ black belt himself.



** Brian Ebersole shaves his chest hair into an arrow pointing to his chin, giving his opponents a target. He's never been knocked out in almost 70 fights.

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** Brian Ebersole shaves his chest hair into an arrow pointing to his chin, giving his opponents a target. He's He was never been knocked out in almost 70 fights.
29th Nov '17 10:10:47 AM eroock
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'''Mixed Martial Arts''' is a combat sport that incorporates techniques from a wide range of other combat sports and martial arts styles, with the three basic pillars of the sport being striking, wrestling and submission grappling. Thus, the name "mixed martial arts" refers to the mix of techniques used in competition. It is a relatively new sport, still suffering from growing pains, and currently haunted by a great deal of misconception. The "major league" and most popular promotion of the sport is currently the UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship (UFC).

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'''Mixed Mixed Martial Arts''' Arts is a combat sport that incorporates techniques from a wide range of other combat sports and martial arts styles, with the three basic pillars of the sport being striking, wrestling and submission grappling. Thus, the name "mixed martial arts" refers to the mix of techniques used in competition. It is a relatively new sport, still suffering from growing pains, and currently haunted by a great deal of misconception. The "major league" and most popular promotion of the sport is currently the UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship (UFC).
15th Nov '17 2:14:42 AM unwell619
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*** Wrestling/AkiraMaeda, founder of Newborn UWF and Fighting Network RINGS and trained many fighters like Wrestling/KiyoshiTamura and Wrestling/TsuyoshiKosaka.

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*** Wrestling/AkiraMaeda, founder of Newborn UWF and Fighting Network RINGS and trained many fighters like Wrestling/KiyoshiTamura and Wrestling/TsuyoshiKosaka.Wrestling/TsuyoshiKohsaka.
7th Nov '17 9:34:01 PM KYCubbie
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** War Machine aka Jon Koppenhaver: Has had multiple legal incidents throughout his career, legally changed his name to "War Machine" (over, of all things, Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino using the moniker), became a porn star and has been in and out of prison since 2009 for various violent crimes. In 2014, he nearly beat his ex-girlfriend to death and will soon be facing a lengthy prison sentence.

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** War Machine aka Jon Koppenhaver: Has had multiple legal incidents throughout his career, legally changed his name to "War Machine" (over, of all things, Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino using the moniker), became a porn star and has been in and out of prison since 2009 for various violent crimes. In 2014, he nearly beat his ex-girlfriend to death and will soon was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017, with parole not possible until 36 years in (by which time he'll be facing a lengthy prison sentence.in his seventies).



** Chuck Liddel's signature look includes a horseshoe mustache.

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** Chuck Liddel's Liddell's signature look includes a horseshoe mustache.



** In 2007, they bought their largest rival ever, Pride, and planned to run it as the UFC's wing in Japan, but discovered that the brand has been tainted by Yakuza tries. Instead, the UFC brought over most of Pride's best fighters to the UFC.

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** In 2007, they bought their largest rival ever, Pride, and planned to run it as the UFC's wing in Japan, but discovered that the brand has had been tainted by Yakuza tries.ties. Instead, the UFC brought over most of Pride's best fighters to the UFC.



** After winning the championship, St-Pierre was considered undefeatable. In his first title defense, he faced Matt Serra, a journeyman whose career had fizzled out before winning a "comeback" title shot through the ''The Ultimate Fighter'' reality show. Everyone expected Georges St-Pierre to run straight through Serra. Early in the first round, however, Serra landed a hard punch just behind St-Pierre's ear, taking away his equilibrium. Serra swarmed in with more punches until the overwhelmed St-Pierre was forced to tap out due to strikes. It remains the biggest upset in UFC history.

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** After winning the championship, St-Pierre was considered undefeatable. In his first title defense, he faced Matt Serra, a journeyman whose career had fizzled out before winning a "comeback" title shot through the ''The Ultimate Fighter'' reality show. Everyone expected Georges St-Pierre GSP to run straight through Serra. Early in the first round, however, Serra landed a hard punch just behind St-Pierre's ear, taking away his equilibrium. Serra swarmed in with more punches until the overwhelmed St-Pierre GSP was forced to tap out due to strikes. It remains the biggest upset in UFC history.
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