The UFC is an MMA event that has established itself and that with its sporting events keeps the audience on TV and on the edges of the octagon attached to observe all the different martial arts systems used in a match.
I myself follow him from his debut and I have experienced its evolution both technical and athletic, a kind of natural selection that has led in recent years to build common characteristics in all these top fighters.
Important generational changes of athletes that have allowed a great evolution of the sport.
Ps. This post is written for those who are not used to seeing mixed martial arts matches and want to start to understand something, for those who already follow I am pleased anyway if you read it because surely for an enthusiast it is always a way to see black on white reasoning made in mind.
The MMA match always starts on its feet, but it can quickly end up on the ground or against the net that marks the octagon!
The vastness of the allowed techniques and usable fighting styles makes every match very variable and unpredictable going to highlight the martial characteristics of athletes even if over time you have still built a hard hoof of limbs that you need to know to enter the octagon that has outlined a kind of “minimum” martial resume that did not happen in the first manifestations of the UFC that I recommend you see because very interesting.
Today athletes all have good skills standing and on the ground specializing in different martial arts, also a considerable importance is given to the athletic preparation making these brave guys of super athletes.
Regardless of the “direction” in which the fights take place or the fighting styles that are used by fighters, the ways to win are the same.
In particular there 3 ways to win that I’m going to synthesize and schematize:
The Big Shot
No other shot can lead an arena to jump to its feet like the knock out.
The KO is the “perfect shot”, the Holy Grail for a fighter, one of the most hoped-for and coveted ways to end the fight, some fighters make their entire career without ever being able to make a knockout victory, while others have a reputation for being KO specialists.
A knock out occurs when a fighter is knocked down and unconscious, disoriented, or unable to defend intelligently.
The memorable victory
Sometimes the final blow is made after a barrage of blows, and other times it is a precise and powerful shot that ends the fight.
From time to time a fighter on the edge of defeat gathers all his strength to throw a fistful of despair (or a haymaker)that gives him victory.
Whether from a punch, a kick or a slam, the knock out is a result that both fighters and fans will remember with confidence.
No one can say anything or contest victory.
It silences both the adversary and the audience.
Go to sleep! Go to Sleep! (Go to sleep! Go to sleep!)
A fighter gains his opponent’s submission using a suffocating grip or lever that forces the opponent to tap out before fainting or breaking or dislocating a joint by decreeing submission.
- Suffocation – Pressure is applied to the neck in an attempt to disrupt blood flow to the brain. The goal is to make your opponent beat or lose consciousness.
- Joint Leverage – A fighter brings his opponent’s joint to maximum freedom of movement, causing extreme pain. The opponent will aim to beat quickly to avoid serious consequences.
A submission can be made standing, but it is easier to happen on the ground.
Although submissions are not as dramatic as a knockout, many fans prefer to see a clash with a submission because they feel there is more skill and strategy, others prefer the standing fight.
Once a fighter is locked in a submission situation, he can beat or verbally say (better beat) to avoid injury or fainting.
It’s no strange thing to see athletes trying to resist suffocation until the last moment and faint or even resist joint levers until they get dislocated or break a joint.
Decision with points
Counting scores, both opponents are standing at the end of the rounds
With fighters so tough and brave in the UFC, some fights will last for the duration of all rounds without the fighters pulling back.
In these cases, judges appointed by the state commission (not chosen by the UFC) decide the winner.
The judges’ score is based on a mandatory 10-point system where the winner of each round must be awarded 10 points (minus any fouls) and his opponent receives 9 points or less.
At the end of the fight, all three judges add points for each fighter to reach a decision.
- Unanimous decision:all three judges award victory to a fighter;
- Not unanimous decision: two judges assign victory to one fighter, the third judge to the other;
- Majority decision:two judges award victory to a fighter, the third declares the tie;
- Unanimous draw:all three judges declare the tie;
- Non-unanimous draw:two judges declare the tie, the third assigns the victory to one of the two fighters.
Sometimes the decision is obvious to everyone watching the match, but in many cases, the two fighters seem to fight the same way and the crowd stands up waiting for the decision and if opposed to the decision they get angry by protesting and booing.
I want to add disqualification for improper actions of the opponent.
Ps. I have to say that in recent years there has never been a case which means that despite the scenes in the pre-fights and despite the appearance the fighters are correct respecting the rules of their sport.
If you haven’t followed these meetings yet I recommend you start doing it, I assure you that these are not two brutes that beat each other non-sense, but behind it there is an incredible technical work.
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