Published at Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Female. By Abby Marshall.
Among the successful alumni of the MMA TV reality series The Ultimate Fighter was Rashad Evans, a New York native who competed on the second season of the show, emerging as the winner at the heavyweight level. He went on to fight as a light heavyweight in the UFC, becoming known for his powerful left hook. In 2008 Evans defeated Forrest Griffin, another graduate of The Ultimate Fighter, to win the UFC light heavyweight title. Evans also earned notable victories over fellow UFC stars Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
In addition to the UFC, there are numerous other professional MMA organizations. Among the most prominent of these are the Newport Beach, California-based Bellator MMA, founded in 2008, and the Singapore-based ONE Championship, which promotes many of the top MMA fighters in Asia. Invicta Fighting Championships, a promotion dedicated to female MMA fighters, was launched in the United States in 2012.
In March 1997, the Iowa Athletic Commission officially sanctioned Battlecade Extreme Fighting under a modified form of its existing rules for Shootfighting. These rules created the three 5 minute round, one-minute break format, and mandated shootfighting gloves, as well as weight classes, for the first time. Illegal blows were listed as groin strikes, head butting, biting, eye gouging, hair pulling, striking an opponent with an elbow while the opponent is on the mat, kidney strikes, and striking the back of the head with closed fist. Holding onto the ring or cage for any reason was defined as a foul. While there are minor differences between these and the final Unified Rules, notably regarding elbow strikes, the Iowa rules allowed mixed martial arts promoters to conduct essentially modern events legally, anywhere in the state. On March 28, 1997, Extreme Fighting 4 was held under these rules, making it the first show conducted under a version of the modern rules.
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