Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Ultimate Fighting Championship also known as UFC was started as an alternate to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the early 1990s. It is based on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the company is owned by Zuffa LLC. Dana White is its president and the most powerful person in the company.
Weight classes in the UFC
Currently there are 2860 fighters registered with the UFC who fight in the different weight classes. Currently UFC has 12 weight divisions, four for women and eight are for men.
- Heavyweight: 265 lb (120.2 kg)
- Light Heavyweight: 205 lb (102.1 kg)
- Middleweight: 185 lb (83.9 kg)
- Welterweight: 170 lb (77.1 kg)
- Lightweight: 155 lb (70.3 kg)
- Featherweight: 145 lb (65.8 kg)
- Bantamweight: 135 lb (61.2 kg)
- Flyweight: 125 lb (56.7 kg)
- Strawweight: 115 lb (52.5 kg)
The early controversies
Initially when the UFC started to become popular it caught the eye of the US congressmen who found it gross and tried every way to get it banned, to which they failed miserably. UFC was getting popular with the audience so they thought of legalizing it and getting the rules and regulations made specifically for it.
The Ultimate Fighter (reality series)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship got the push from its hit reality tv series The Ultimate Fighter. The show hosts a number of aspiring MMA fighters wanting to have a contract with UFC through the showcase of their skills. This show has produced many champion fighters who came in as a novice but ended up becoming UFC World Champions.