FIGHT NIGHT: UFC 101 — 4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
UFC: Fighters compete in a cage until one TAPS OUT, GETS KNOCKED OUT, OR TIME MERCIFULLY RUNS OUT. Sane? Maybe not. Exciting? Heck yeah!
There are a few things that may help with understanding and enjoying this challenging, and sometimes bloody sport.
1. NOBODY LIKES A DIRTY FIGHTER
While the point of fighting is to inflict pain on your opponent, there are some things you can’t do.
- Bite (NO MIKE TYSON STUNTS!)
- Hair Pull
- Head butt
- Hit your opponent in the groin
- Put your fingers in any orifices (DID WE REALLY HAVE TO SAY THIS?)
- Strike the back of the head or throat of an opponent
- No throat grabbing Homer Simpson style
- Drop an opponent on their head (kind of wish this was a no-brainer)
Let’s keep it classy people. You could choke an opponent, punch them, or hit them, let’s not be goons.
2. LET’S TALK GEAR
All fighters have a choice between board shorts or spandex shorts. The board shorts are knee length and have slits in them so as not to hinder range of motion while kicking. The spandex shorts are short, tight and pretty much everything guys like about yoga pants. These pants are favored by jiu jitsu style fighters and those fond of spandex. For men, shirts are prohibited — because it is a great sport! Women wear shirts and chest protecting gear approved by the Commission. Shoes are prohibited in competition.
All combatants must be clean and tidy. You are getting rather close and personal with another person. Sure, a bit of scruff is ok, but nobody wants to be near a yeti! And nobody wants Dana White to Shave them.
All fighters wear gloves issued the day of the fight by the UFC. Personal style is not taken into account; you either get black or black. Currently the UFC is trying to find a new style of glove to cut down on accidental eye gouges. Mittens would solve the problem of fingers in orifices, but would greatly hinder grappling.
3. HOW LONG IS THIS?
So, we’ve covered the latest in UFC fashion and so rules. Reading that may have taken some of you longer than some fights will last.
For a regular match there are 3 five minute rounds with a one minute break between each.
Title Fights are 5 five minute rounds with a one minute break between rounds. If you are going to be the champ you’ve got to last!
4. IT’S A COMPETITION- SO WHO WON?
Knock Out (KO)- If you are the only one conscious at the end of your fight, congrats! Consciousness is a key to victory!
Technical Knock Out (TKO)- If one fighter has stopped fighting back the referee can stop the fight and award a TKO victory. We’re letting you pummel each other, but we won’t let it go TOO far
Submission- When your opponent basically says you are a bad-ass and taps out, you win! You can achieve this feat many ways, two popular options are choking and arm bars.
Unanimous or Split Decision- If the fight goes all three, or five rounds the decision will go to the three judges at the match. Each judge gives a fighter ten points per round if they think they were the superior athlete in the round, the other fighter is awarded 1-9 points based on performance. Points are awarded based on control of the ring, effective aggressiveness and defense, grappling and striking.
Now, check your tv listing and get ready for some great UFC action!
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