The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American company that promotes mixed martial arts (MMA) and arranges lots of sporting events all over the world. The roots of MMA sport goes back to the ancient sport of Pankration, while the UFC was inspired by the Brazilian competitions named vale tudo. The president of the company is Dana White.
The first competition was arranged by the UFC in 1993. The company hosts the best fighters of the world in different disciplines such as wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai as well as other styles. Over time, the sport went through a reform by setting stricter rules. Along with expansion to other countries like Canada, Australia and achieving new markets in the US, the company also signed a contract with cable television. All this helped the sport to gain the popularity, although it is still banned in some states.
This sport is considered to be cruel and uncivilized by many people. This is one of the reasons it has been banned in New York since 1997. But, this year the mixed martial arts competitions might be legalized in the state. Since these competitions involve physical force it is understandable that some people might support its banning. But there are some words that could be said in defense of this sport.
The UFC has a much better safety record than we might think. Certain rules as to when the fighters can strike are applied. And strikes to eyes and groin are forbidden. So, MMA fights are much stronger regulated than it might seem. The studies have also shown that a fighter in MMA is less likely to suffer a brain trauma than a boxer.
There is also a set of qualities that every fighter should possess in order to take part in competition. It is not enough just to be big to become an MMA fighter. It is obvious that the fighters should obtain certain physical characteristics. It is important for wrestlers to be strong, healthy and agile. They should have strong legs, healthy lungs and big shoulders. They should also have the ability to move from one wrestling style to another, coping with pain at the same time. The MMA fighters represent the human body at its fastest and toughest.
Besides physical characteristics, MMA fighters should also possess certain ethical virtues. It requires a lot of courage to take part in UFC competitions. There is no place for cowards here. Every fighter should be skillful even when facing danger and pain.
MMA fighters should also have a great deal of self-control. Cooperation and mutual trust is essential for fighters. Every wrestler should be ready to receive a punch and then just walk away when the fight is over. Another important quality is moderation. It is important to stay in good health, so moderation in drinks and food is necessary for wrestlers. Training also requires a lot of patience and commitment.
Of course, not all wrestlers are in such a great shape and can boast all the virtues. There are selfish, unfit and cruel athletes in mixed martial arts, just as in any other kind of sport. But, UFC still encourages the best qualities in its fighters.