We all know about Conor Mcgregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Rory MacDonald, and others fighting stars. What do they all have in common?
We know that many of them have different backgrounds and stories. Of course, we also see that they have their own unique styles and personalities that differentiate them and tie them together.
But a primary shared characteristic is that they are fighters and have all appeared at least once in a UFC fighting match that was of significant importance to an enthusiastic audience.
They made their names in the ring by showing consistency, dedication, effort, and immense creativity. Many of these individuals overcame significant challenges and continue to improve themselves to be in the best shape to become the best people they can be in their respective domains.
But many of us may not know the history of the UFC, how it came about, and how it is wildly succeeding today. It has had a remarkable history and overcame its respective challenges to be the name brand fighting league today.
Who was the person or the group behind the UFC? Why did they present it to the world, and what continues to drive them to create an environment that makes compelling matches?
Let’s find out more about what makes UFC the premier entity that commands substantial value within the world today.
The Basics of the UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an entity that is present within the United States and advances the initiative of mixed martial arts within the United States.
The firm hails from Las Vegas, the arid lands of Nevada, and is now a part of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The company also has other part-owners that include notable names ranging from SLP, KKR, and MSDC. These prominent financiers invest in UFC because it is worth several billions of dollars.
Unique Aspects of the UFC
We respect the UFC because it is the giant in the industry and compels famous individuals to fight under its umbrella. In doing so, the UFC aligns itself with the best and is a respected name in the industry.
Indeed, the firm doesn’t throw just any event. It hosts the events that everyone wants to see with the best in the business and has over 450 events under its belt. While it is headquartered in the United States, the firm will have events and a presence worldwide.
Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, had humble beginnings and had its first event in 1993. The competitions would bring about this aspect of mixed martial arts. See, each prior competition made it to where it was exclusively about one martial arts form. The UFC would organically change that and enable exciting mixed martial arts competitions.
But that doesn’t mean it was all smooth sailing throughout the journey. The UFC had financial woes, and this would force the firm to get more creative with their fights and marketing. They would bring about the ultimate fighter in 2005, a new type of competition, which would turn things around for the better.
Fast forward to 2020, and the firm is thriving with a large audience and will continue to stay highly relevant as audiences seek excitement and experiences.