The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world, and home to the most exciting and skilled fighters around.
First launched in 1993, the UFC pits fighters with dramatically different styles against each other. Everything from boxing to wrestling, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and even sumo has been represented in the UFC’s iconic octagon over the years.
Different fighters have dominated using various styles during the 25+ years of the sport’s history. One of the most fascinating elements of the sport is how the most effective styles are constantly evolving to deal with the counter-strategies developed to stop them.
Women’s bouts were introduced in 2013, and the UFC currently features 12 weight divisions: Women’s Strawweight, Women’s Flyweight, Women’s Bantamweight and Women’s Featherweight; Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight.
All bouts are governed by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. These were first officially set down by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in 2001, and have been widely adopted since.
With the introduction of legal online gambling in Michigan, it’s now easy to bet on UFC fights directly from your computer or mobile device.