Why is UFC So Popular?

justinkh By justinkh, 4th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Why is UFC So Popular? A look into why the sport of UFC has grown so rapidly

Why is UFC So Popular?

Why is UFC So Popular?

On the eve of UFC 116 in which two men weighing in at 265 lbs will be put in an octagon surrounded by a 10 foot cage and will fight each other until one is too badly injured to continue on or time runs out. I find it is an appropriate time to ask the question: why is UFC so popular?

In the past few years UFC has gone from a small sport to the fastest growing sport in the world. It has gone from a measly worth of about $15 million to over $3 billion and continues to grow at an amazing pace. The cost to watch one of these UFC events is almost $45 ($44.99). This is a staggering amount, and I am trying to find out why people would pay that much to watch an event like that when you can be watching numerous other sports that are free and are surely as intense.

In my opinion, the reason UFC is so popular is because it appeals to our primal urges and goes back to the days of the roman gladiators when they use to fight to the death. In a few UFC fights I have watched, it is usually the same story. The fighters come into the ring, shake hands, and then basicly see who can beat down the other until he is too hurt to stand up. If the fighter thinks he will lose solely throwing punches he will simply try to break a body part of the other fighter until out of sheer pain and agony, his opponent is forced to tap out.

If you still don’t believe me that they practically fight to the death and can suffer severe injuries from this sport, listen to this. A show called “Sports Science” looked at a UFC fighter named Quinton Rampage Jackson and compared one of his punches to having the same force as a teenage hippo sitting on top of your head. I did a bit of research and a hippo can weight anywhere from 1.5 to 3 tonnes. Now if you don’t think having a hippo land directly on top of your head will give you brain damage then I don’t know what your logic is. Numerous times fights have had to be stopped half way through because the doctor has said it is no longer safe for the fighter to continue. I respect the UFC for doing this as it stops fighters from facing further injuries but there is still the fact of what the sport is made up of. In my opinion this sport is nothing else than 2 fighters seeing who the last man standing is. In UFC 115 I watched as Chuck Liddell a veteran of the UFC and the octagon was physically punished and took blows and blows to the head. It was not long in this fight before a huge gash under Chuck Liddell’s eye opened and blood began to flow out of the battered body and cover the floor with blood. The fight however was not called by the referee and continued for some time while Chuck Liddell’s face could not be seen almost due to the vast amount of blood covering his face.

People can argue that sports like football are just as dangerous. This however in my eyes is ridiculous, in football the main goal is not to go out and physically assault the other players until they are too weak to stand up. Sure, football can cause serious injuries but there are strict rules referring to things like headshots as they know and agree that taking shots to the head can lead to brain damage, if you now go back to UFC you will see that they not only encourage headshots but they award people for headshots by giving them more points for a blow to the head than to any part of the body. My last point is that if UFC was no worst than football why is UFC banned by some cities as it is deemed too unsafe?

In conclusion, sure UFC is a fun sport to watch and I don’t mind watching it as long as I’m at a friends house or something and don’t have to pay for it, but next time your watching it think for a second and ask yourself what are you really watching, a sport or two men beating each other’s brains out.


Bloody, Boxing, Chuck Liddell, Fight To Death, Fighting, Mma, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Sport, Ufc, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Wrestling

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author avatar justinkh
Hi, my name is Justin and I'm 21 years old. I love to write although I may not be the best when it comes to punctuation. I love sports with my favorite being football and my favorite player is Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Jul 2010 (#)

Never watched, but oddly enough my teenage step daughter seems to be a bit of a fan.

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author avatar Rohit19
5th Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks for the post!

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author avatar wonder
5th Jul 2010 (#)

Good information.

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author avatar D in The Darling
17th Dec 2010 (#)

You got it under your finger tips.
Thanks for sharing and I'm right behind you!

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