UFC Previews & Predictions & Betting Tips
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has revolutionised the mixed martial arts world with its exciting and fast-paced fighting nature. A rival to boxing, UFC has minimal rules with fighters using a number of fighting styles and a mixture of martial arts including Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Sambo, Judo, Boxing, Wrestling and Kung-Fu.
The UFC first made its mark with its first event in the US in Denver in 1993, but the sport didn’t capture the public’s attention until early 2000’s.
Not all fighters need a specific fighting style and the rules allowing fighters to do almost anything in the Octagon, it’s quite a spectacle. Fighters will battle for either three or five rounds, depending on the level of fight.
Main event and championship fights will be scheduled for five rounds, with each round lasting five minutes. Unlike boxing, rounds are much longer but there are much less rounds in total.
Having started in 1993 as a much smaller company, UFC is now one of the biggest brands in world sport entertainment. With President Dana White at the helm, the UFC has grown into a household name and it has attracted some of the biggest names in the MMA world.
It has also spawned a cross-code fight between Conor McGregor and unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather.
The UFC has been able to secure massive TV deals with the likes of Fox Sports and ESPN to broadcast the fighting action and TV shows such as The Ultimate Fighter and a host of video game titles have helped boost its popularity.
Often considered barbaric and hard to watch, UFC is mostly loved by fighting fans and it adds an excitement in which boxing can’t relate. With so many different styles on show, fighters can end the fight with anything from a standing choke to a flying cage kick.
Most things go inside the Octagon and the unpredictability is what makes it so exciting to watch.
Betting on the UFC has grown extraordinarily over the last few years. More and more bookmakers are offering betting on the UFC and with some punters not wanting to bet on boxing due to its interesting past, there is less trepidation when betting on UFC fighters.
Some of the biggest bets have come for the likes of Irish bad boy Conor McGregor, who has been one of the most polarising figures in the sport. The bad-mouthed fighter has caused a stir, both positive and negative, in his time with the UFC and it’s always exciting when he’s in the headlines.
McGregor isn’t the only big name in the sport, however, with the likes of Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey all changing the game. Rousey helped put women’s UFC on the map and although her career ended abruptly, she will always be remembered as one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time and her arm-bar technique has been made famous.
UFC has also attracted former WWE wrestling stars including Brock Lesnar and Hall of Fame inductee Kem Shamrock. Shamrock is one of 11 fighters currently in the HOF. He joins Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Pat Miletich, Royce Gracie, Matt Hughes, Chuck Lidell, Forrest Griffin, Dan Severn, Stephen Bonnar and Tito Ortiz.
Current UFC pound-for-pound ranking
1 - Demetrious Johnson
2 - Stipe Miocic
3 - Conor McGregor
4 - Daniel Cormier
5 - Georges St-Pierre
6 - Max Holloway
7 - TJ Dillashaw
8 - Tyron Woodley
9 - Khabib Nurmagomedov
10 - Cris Cyborg
11 - Robert Whittaker
12 - Tony Ferguson
13 - Amanda Nunes
14 - Cody Garbrandt
15 - Rose Namajunas