Published at Monday, 30 December 2019. Female. By Aiden Cox.
The rules for modern mixed martial arts competitions have changed significantly since the early days of vale tudo, Japanese shoot wrestling, and UFC 1, and even more from the historic style of pankration. As the knowledge of fighting techniques spread among fighters and spectators, it became clear that the original minimalist rule systems needed to be amended. The main motivations for these rule changes were protection of the health of the fighters, the desire to shed the perception of "barbarism and lawlessness", and to be recognized as a legitimate sport.
The new rules included the introduction of weight classes; as knowledge about submissions spread, differences in weight had become a significant factor. There are nine different weight classes in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. These nine weight classes include flyweight (up to 125 lb / 56.7 kg), bantamweight (up to 135 lb / 61.2 kg), featherweight (up to 145 lb / 65.8 kg), lightweight (up to 155 lb / 70.3 kg), welterweight (up to 170 lb / 77.1 kg), middleweight (up to 185 lb / 83.9 kg), light heavyweight (up to 205 lb / 93.0 kg), heavyweight (up to 265 lb / 120.2 kg), and super heavyweight with no upper weight limit.
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.
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