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UFC The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books. UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When did UFC Really Start?

So I'm fairly new to MMA, I mean I'd probably say I have fairly average knowledge of the UFC today - I want to go back and basically watch all of the events, catching up to where we are today to increase my knowledge and learn more about the MMA as a whole.

I've seen UFC 1 & 2 - but I don't really want to start that early watching, I don't really like the "layout" (tournament based, poor video quality, seeing guys once then never again etc)

So basically, When should I start watching? Maybe around when weight classes where introduced? (not sure what event?!?!?) When would be a good time to begin watching and basically catch up to where we are today.

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So I'm fairly new to MMA, I mean I'd probably say I have fairly average knowledge of the UFC today - I want to go back and basically watch all of the events, catching up to where we are today to increase my knowledge and learn more about the MMA as a whole.

I've seen UFC 1 & 2 - but I don't really want to start that early watching, I don't really like the "layout" (tournament based, poor video quality, seeing guys once then never again etc)

So basically, When should I start watching? Maybe around when weight classes where introduced? (not sure what event?!?!?) When would be a good time to begin watching and basically catch up to where we are today.

Thanks

Watch from the beginning dude. It's worth it, if only to appreciate the evolution. Once Couture hit the scene at UFC13 it really got interesting. There is a boring period around the 20's and 30's in my opinion, but from 40 onwards it really picks up.
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UFC 28 was the first event with strict weight classes & "Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts".

UFC 30 was the first Zuffa owned event.

I like watching the original tournament style every so often. You realize how far MMA has come in 2 short decades after watching them.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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One of my favorites was the "David vs Goliath" match up. That really showed that technique (martial arts) owned pure brute strength.

Don Frye
Goodridge
Ferozzo
Paul Varelans
Jerry Bohlander

UFC 12 is what changed the game though. If you look closely you'll see who took the UFC by storm!

To sum it up here's the evolution. Not gonna go into too much detail cuz it'll take forever.

BJJ > owned everything - 90's
Grappling/wrestling (Randy/Tito/Matt Hughes) > owned everything - 2000s
BJJ + Muay Thai emerges as the most exciting to watch. Chute Box era. - mid 2000s

Then the wrestlers learned BJJ and started to nullify everyone again.

BJJ + Muay Thai + wrestling training now is the key. - present

Now the traditional martial artists are learning wrestling to nullify the wrestlers. So it's come full circle.

Now that everybody knows everything you'll start to see more and more unorthodox strikes; Ebersoles cartwheel kick, Capoeira kicks, Twister submission, high maneuver moves like Edson and Pettis, etc. This is the part that bores me because everyone who trains in an "MMA" gym thinks they're an MMA fighter. A true MMA fighter starts off with a traditional martial arts and masters it then moves on to the next.

Anderson holds three different black belts. That's why they call it Blackhouse!

BJJ
Taekwondo
Judo
Yellow Rope in Capoeira
Expert level Muay Thai
Intermediate to advanced level boxing.
Learning Aikido under Sensei Seagal.

Weidman is a purple belt with a wrestling background. He started his pro career in 2009 and now he's calling out the champ. GTF outta here... Go beat Belfort, Sonnen, Belcher, and Bisping then he's earned it or any of the two or three. Even Luck Rockhold (2007 first pro fight) called him out albeit respectfully. After watching his bout against Kennedy he's got much to learn. He can't put away Jacare or Kennedy within five rounds. How's he gonna last five rounds against The Spider. Anderson's first official fight was in 1997. These newcomers really havn't seen any hardship...yet. Every champion from the beginning (Royce, Ken, Frank, Tito, Vitor, Randy, Chuck, Fedor, Shogun, Mirko, Big Nog, GSP, BJ, Lyoto,) has risen and fallen. Every single one. Anderson is the only exception for the time being. I sincerely hope he retires although a part of me wants to see him fight forever.

That's the history in a nutshell!
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I have tried to watch some of the older ones and can't get into them the tournament format sounds cool but maybe it is because I didn't start watching until UFC 68 so I am used to the Unified Rules of MMA but I recently went back and watched the early Zuffa era shows and really enjoyed them that would be my starting point UFC 30 plus you get some classic moments and fights (Rizzo vs Couture, Tito's Slam KO, Hughes vs Newton 1)
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Oops...if anything I left it somewhat ambiguous...lolz! Also kudos for reading that far into my comment!

In other news Breaking Bad Season 5 premieres tonight!!!
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I'd say start from the early to mid 30's and work your way up. By then you had all the household names in there, and some of the new ones making their way up.

- Couture
- Liddell
- Ortiz
- Shamrock
- Belfort
- Hughes
- BJ

And the list goes on - great period to start out with, so many legends were made back then
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At ufc 28 was the first time with unified rules and being sanctioned. That would be my guess, that was the turning point when it became different than just a bunch of guys fighting. It started to form an actual sport.

By the time ufc 40 came around there were legit mixed martial artists, drama and complexity. This was the end of a 10 year period of vast advancement in hand to hand fighting. In the time from the early 90s to the early 2000s hand to hand fighting had evolved more in those ten years than it had in the past thousand. No one knew what worked or what was the most effective techniques, there were all these guesses with no empirical data.

Definitely agree with budhistens recommendation.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I personally would say that the time frame around UFC 52 is when things started to get serious and take off, the UFC started to be cool and exciting as a legit sport, and the corner has been turned to the direction it is now. With the success of TUF 1 Finale, their was this new vibe with UFC 52 a week later. And people were legitimately excited about watching two guys fight each other. And all the fights were really great. And all the good fighters jumping ship to Japan stopped and the UFC was getting stable. It was all uphill from there.

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