The UFC was created in the United States in 1993 with minimal rules, and was promoted as a competition to determine the most effective martial art for unarmed combat situations.
UFC fighters began to morph into well-rounded, balanced fighters that could fight standing or on the floor. This blend of fighting styles and skills became known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It is a full-contact combat sport that allows both striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts.
Today, the UFC is the premier organization in MMA and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts without exception. With more than 40 fights every year, the UFC hosts most of the top-ranked fighters in the world. Events are held not only in America, but in many countries all over the globe.
Shocking pictures of Santos were posted on social media by the Brazilian’s former wife Cris – who is an MMA fighter also known as Cyborg.
The 38-year-old was quickly rushed from the ring following the brutal knockout and was taken to hospital.
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