UFCThe 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.
Damn, this is brutal! I'm actually glad the UFC has cleaned up it's rules since the 1st UFC, having 2 rules in a professional fight seems a bit too lenient. I wonder if the rankings would be that different if all of these rules were still allowed.
I think hair pulling still may be? If not they didnt ban it all too long ago
According to wiki it was banned at UFC 14 (1997).
In response to the criticism, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and redesigned its rules to remove the less palatable elements of fights while retaining the core elements of striking and grappling. Weight classes were introduced at UFC 12; gloves became mandatory and kicks to a downed opponent, hair pulling, fish hooking, headbutting, and groin strikes were banned at UFC 14. UFC 15 saw more limitations on permissible striking areas: strikes to the back of the neck and head, and small joint manipulations were banned. With five-minute rounds introduced at UFC 21, the UFC gradually re-branded itself as a sport rather than a spectacle.
You know I can't recall much groin hits in the early UFC but someone was telling me about a match they saw where a guy had a guy down and punched him in the groin like 10 times. Does anybody know what match that may of been?
And I can't believe they didn't ban that till UFC 14.