WHAT is the ENTITY THAT OWNS THE UFC® [ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP®] BRAND OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA)?
The entity that owns the UFC® [Ultimate Fighting Championship®] brand is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association, formed in January, 2001 by Zuffa, LLC. The UFC® event productions feature a strong ownership and a depth of management experience across a spectrum of live event sports, television production and ancillary business development. The New UFC Brand is positioned well for the future as the standard bearer for the evolving and exciting sport of mixed martial arts.
WHAT is MIXED MARTIAL ARTS?
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is an intense and evolving combat sport in which competitors use interdisciplinary forms of fighting that include jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and others to their strategic and tactical advantage in a supervised match. Scoring for mixed martial arts events in Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida is based on athletic-commission approved definitions and rules for striking (blows with the hands, feet, knees or elbows) and grappling (submission, choke holds, throws or takedowns). No single discipline reigns.
WHAT CHARACTERIZES ULTIMATE FIGHTING® MMA EVENTS?
Ultimate Fighting® is a proprietary term and registered trademark and service mark of Zuffa, LLC, associated exclusively with the UFC® brand of MMA events. Ultimate Fighting® events feature the highest caliber mixed martial arts competition in the world between high level professional fighters who utilize the disciplines of jiu-jitsu, karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and other forms in UFC® live events. UFC® competitors, many of whom earned their way into the UFC events by being participants in "The Ultimate Fighter®" reality-based television series are among the best-trained and conditioned athletes in the world. While this is a highly intense sport, fighter safety is of paramount concern to UFC ownership and management: it is noteworthy that no competitor has ever been seriously injured in a UFC event.
WHAT is the ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP® PRODUCTION?
The new Ultimate Fighting Championship® production is a series of international competitive mixed martial arts events televised throughout each year and available live or tape-delayed on pay-per-view and other formats, seen domestically and internationally. The New Ultimate Fighting Championship® producers are committed to providing the highest quality live event and television production available to entertain and engage viewers in a fascinating sport. The New Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand of MMA event distinguishes itself from the controversial spectacle of the last decade: The first event produced under new ownership and management was February 23, 2001.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® events are produced exclusively in cooperation with and under the exclusively ownership of Zuffa, LLC.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES UFC® EVENTS FROM THOSE OF ITS COMPETITORS?
The elite level of the competitor also known as "The Ultimate Fighter® athletes."
The UFC® events bring together the most talented martial arts experts in the world. UFC® fighters come from the US, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Holland, England, etc. All UFC® fighters have previous combat sports experience and many are world or Olympic champions. UFC® athletes train up to six hours a day or more in preparation for an event. Almost all have studied martial arts as a lifelong vocation and many are college educated. In addition to their UFC careers, many of these men are business owners. They are also students, professionals or managers working for diverse types of companies. But it is the success, discipline and focus of The Ultimate Fighter® stars that makes each of them different from just about any other competitor in or out of mixed martial arts.
Absolute consistency of rules: presence of officials, judges, weight divisions, rounds, time limits.
Leadership in obtaining commission approval for a new sport.
The Octagon™ Competition Enclosure
The octagonal competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks and/or trade dress of Zuffa, LLC and are symbolic of the highest quality mixed martial arts events brought to you under the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand name. In 1993, UFC events were the first to feature an eight-sided competition configuration which has become known worldwide as the UFC Octagon™
Absolute adherence to commission mandated rules for MMA: