Published at Monday, 30 December 2019. Female. By Riya Pate.
The UFC initially marketed its product as a no-holds-barred sport in which anything could happen. Its brutality raised the ire of many, including such politicians as U.S. Sen. John McCain, who famously called caged combat “human cockfighting” and sought to have the sport banned. In 2001 new UFC management created rules to make the sport less dangerous. It added weight classes, rounds, and time limits and extended the list of fouls in the ring. The revamped UFC no longer featured mostly brawlers. Newer fighters were more skilled as boxers, wrestlers, and martial arts practitioners, and they were forced to train extensively and remain in peak condition to perform well. In the United States the sport came under regulation by the same bodies that governed the sport of boxing, including the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Even McCain dropped his opposition to MMA, acknowledging in 2007 that the “sport has made significant progress.”
In Ancient China, combat sport appeared in the form of Leitai, a no-holds-barred mixed combat sport that combined Chinese martial arts, boxing and wrestling. There is evidence of similar mixed combat sports in Ancient Egypt, India and Japan.
Weight classes in MMA vary by region or organization. The UFC currently recognizes a total of nine weight classes in men’s MMA. The upper weight limits of these classes are as follows: strawweight, 115 pounds (52 kg); flyweight, 125 pounds (57 kg); bantamweight, 135 pounds (61 kg); featherweight, 145 pounds (66 kg); lightweight, 155 pounds (70 kg); welterweight, 170 pounds (77 kg); middleweight, 185 pounds (84 kg); light heavyweight, 205 pounds (93 kg); and heavyweight, 265 pounds (120 kg). While the UFC has no formal super heavyweight division for fighters weighing more than 265 pounds, some MMA organizations recognize the weight class.
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