When you want to relax on a Saturday night, there’s nothing better than getting your slippers on, putting your feet up in front of the fire, sipping on a warm cup of hot chocolate, and catching up on this week’s episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down.

For some, that is actually an awesome way to spend an evening, yet for others, it might be lacking in adrenalin and excitement. If this is the case, then the perfect Saturday night probably involves your TV, cold beers, pizza, your mates, and watching elite fighters beat the hell out of each other on pay-per-view. Yes, we’re talking about the juggernaut that is mixed martial arts, or MMA for short.

If you’re just getting into MMA and want to learn more, this article is going to be ideal. Below, we’re going to be looking at several MMA facts you probably didn’t know, as well as some that you might already have.

So, let’s get started.

MMA betting is now big business

Here in the UK, it’s safe to say that sports betting is a part of everyday life for a lot of people.

We’ve been practicing sports betting in some form or another, for centuries now. When you think of popular sports to bet on, horse racing is obviously up there, as is football, and boxing.

When it came to betting on combat sports and martial arts, boxing dominated the ring for decades. With the emerging popularity of the UFC, and later, organizations like Bellator, mixed martial arts started to gain momentum.

Nowadays, placing a bet on the next UFC main event through UFC betting websites is as common as placing a bet on the next boxing heavyweight title match. We spend millions on MMA bets every single year, and if you know what you’re doing, you can scoop some very impressive returns.

Rules and regulations

If you’ve ever seen an MMA fight, you’ll know that they’re brutal and that blood is virtually guaranteed. Despite how brutal it is, there are rules and regulations in place to help protect the welfare of the fighters. These include:

  • No manipulation of smaller joints, I.E the fingers
  • No biting
  • No shots to the groin
  • No strikes to the back of the head
  • No headbutting
  • Title matches last up to 5 rounds and consist of 5 x 5-minute rounds.
  • No kicks to the head when an opponent is down
  • No fish hooking

The UFC was purchased for $2 Million – $2 Million is an enormous amount of money in everyday life, but in the business world, it’s chump change.

The UFC was purchased by a company known as Zuffa, in 2001, for the sum of $2 Million. In 2016, Zuffa sold the UFC to a company known as Endeavor, for a staggering $4.2 Billion! Talk about a good investment.

Gloves weren’t always mandatory

Believe it or not, but gloves in the UFC weren’t always mandatory.

Nowadays, the open-fingered fight gloves are synonymous with MMA fights, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the glove first made an appearance at UFC 4.

The first fighter to wear them was professional boxer Melton Bowen, who wore them in his fight against Steve Jennum at UFC 4.

At UFC 14, the gloves became mandatory for health and safety reasons.

 

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