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The Fan

Because you are such tireless fanatics, we want you to get involved in all the action. Go behind the scenes with UFC® Prime Time, Countdown Shows and Q&A Sessions to learn about what happens outside of the Octagon. You can get up close and personal with your favorite fighters at the Fan Expos or bring the Octagon™ to your living room with our interactive online games or the UFC Undisputed video games for your Xbox 360, PS3 or Sony PSP. The fun isn't over when the fight ends, so tap in to the excitement.

  1. There are rules - lots of them.
  2. The fighters' safety is top priority. If the ref feels that a fighter is not intelligently defending himself, they will not allow him to keep competing. The ref will warn the fighter that he needs to defend himself. If he doesn't, the fight is stopped.
  3. MMA is considered to be safer than boxing because once a fighter is knocked out, they are not given a chance to get up and continue fighting. In boxing, if a fighter gets up within 10 seconds, the fight goes on. Read about the ways to win.
  4. The reason the UFC uses an Octagon instead of a ring is for fighter safety. When competing in a ring, a fighter can fall out or get thrown out. In the Octagon, a fighter may find himself pressed up against the fence, but he won't fall out.
  5. A championship fight goes for 5 rounds at 5 minutes each. (A non-title fight goes for 3 rounds at 5 minutes each.)
  6. Commenter Joe Rogan knows his stuff - he holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a blue belt in Judo.
  7. UFC events have been hosted in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Germany, England, Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates. With at least one event per month, there are plenty of opportunities to catch an event on TV or online.
  8. Anderson Silva holds the record for the most title defenses at 10 and Randy Couture has fought in a record 15 title fights. Couture was one of the first fighters to hold two championship belts in two different divisions.
  9. The UFC's popularity skyrocketed after a fight between Stephan Bonnar and Forest Griffin in the light heavyweight final of The Ultimate Fighter: Season One. Deemed "the most important fight in UFC history" by Dana White, Griffin won the first round, Bonnar won the second round and the third round was even with Griffin outstriking Bonnar in the last minute for a decision of 28-29. The fight was so emotional and close that Dana White awarded Bonnar with a UFC contract as well as the winner, Griffin.
  10. Cutmen are not chosen - they are assigned to either the blue corner or the red corner. The fighters will get whichever cutman is assigned to their corner for the night.