Published at Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Female. By Aiden Cox.
In 2006 the UFC moved to capitalize on the sport’s growing popularity by buying other MMA organizations, including the World Fighting Alliance (WFA) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). In 2007 the UFC also purchased the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championships (known as Pride). The UFC disbanded the WFA, acquiring top WFA fighters such as Quinton (“Rampage”) Jackson, but continued to operate the WEC as a distinct entity until 2010. The UFC had planned to have Pride and UFC champions meet annually in a so-called Super Bowl of mixed martial arts, but the Pride purchase proved to be problematic. Though Pride ultimately was also disbanded, the UFC did take on a number of top Pride fighters.
The most notable female MMA fighter was American Ronda Rousey, who won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing before embarking on her MMA career in 2011. She remained undefeated until 2015, when she suffered an upset loss to countrywoman Holly Holm in UFC 193. The bout generated 1.1 million pay-per-view buys, making it one of the UFC’s top-selling pay-per-view events of all time.
The greatest MMA fighter of all time is considered by experts, fighters and fans to be either heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko or middleweight Anderson Silva. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan responded to a fans question: "Joe, is Fedor the Greatest Of All Time? Its him or Anderson, and I could see the argument going either way honestly. Both guys have had truly magical moments in competition against some of the best in the world."
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