UFC is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held on October 29, 2011 and it is organized by the “Ultimate Fighting Championship” at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was formerly planned to be held on October 15, 2011 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England but due to multiple issues concerning scheduling and the broadcasting rights, the organization changed the venue for the championship. The event is expected to be promoted by a UFC Primetime series.
Dennis Siver was supposed to come face to face against Sam Stout at the event, but Stout withdrew from the bout on August 29th and was replaced by Donald Cerrone. Another worthwhile contest at the event is the “St. Pierre vs. Condit” bout which has attracted a lot of media attention. The match up has been dubbed as a “Champion vs. Champion” bout by the organizers in posters and advertising of the event which has been cited as technically incorrect as Diaz gave up his “Strikeforce Welterweight Championship” for a shot at the UFC Title against Georges St-Pierre.
About The Ultimate Fighting Championship
Based in America, UFC is the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world. UFC organizes a lot of mixed martial arts events worldwide with most of the top-ranked fighters. The UFC has seven weight categories and follows the “Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.” Its parent company, Zuffa, LLC is controlled by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta while Dana White serves as president of the UFC.
The sport of mixed martial arts and UFC has its roots in Pankration, the ancient Olympic combat sport which was quite popular in 648 BC and in part draws some inspiration from “vale tudo” tournaments in Brazil. UFC popularity has grown considerably in recent years with its expansion into North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East garnering them a cable-television deal in the process. UFC programming can be accessed on pay-per-view television in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, and the US as of 2011 along with 130 other countries and 20 languages worldwide.
The first ever UFC event was inspired by a video series called the “Gracies in Action “ produced by the Gracie family of Brazil featuring the family’s Jiu-Jitsu students overcoming masters of kickboxing, karate and kung fu. The tournament’s format called for martial artists from different disciplines to face each other in “no-holds-barred” combat to ascertain the best martial art form.
Milius, a student of Gracie and a reputed screenwriter and film director was selected to be the event’s creative director. The business plan was drafted by Art Davie and the starting capital was contributed by twenty-eight investors to start “WOW Promotions” aiming to develop the tournament into a television franchise. WOW Promotions joined hands with SEG–a pioneer in pay-per-view television in 1993. SEG had previously produced events like mixed-gender tennis match between Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors. It was SEG that came up with the name “The Ultimate Fighting Championship” for the show.
The first event produced on November 12, 1993 and dubbed UFC 1 afterwards featured savate fighter “Gerard Gordeau”, kickboxers “Patrick Smith” and “Kevin Rosier”, karate expert “Zane Frazier”, 175 lb Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt “Royce Gracie”, shootfighter “Ken Shamrock”, sumo wrestler “Teila Tuli”, and boxer “Art Jimmerson”. Reception to the show exceeded anybody’s expectation with attracting 86,592 pay-per-view television subscribers.
The tournament’s basic purpose was to determine the best martial arts sport. Most of the martial artists had very little skills in other disciplines and skills. Royce Gracie proved himself to be the most effective martial artist in the inaugural tournament capturing the first ever UFC tournament championship.