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The Octagon

How big is the UFC Octagon? And why is it an Octagon anyway? Learn more about the iconic cage.

About the Octagon

The octagonal competition mat and fenced-in design are registered trademarks and/or trade dress of Zuffa, LLC and are symbolic of the highest quality mixed martial arts events presented under the UFC® brand name. In 1993, UFC events were the first to feature an eight-sided competition configuration which has become known worldwide as the UFC Octagon®. The UFC Octagon is regularly featured on UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC® Fight Night  and UFC FIGHT PASS® events, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality TV series.

The UFC Octagon creates a neutral arena to showcase the skills of UFC athletes. UFC has established a reputation for providing the maximum safety to the athletes with state athletic commission-approved canvas and safety padding and fences.

A robust plastic-coated fence eliminates the chance of athletes tumbling out of the Octagon, as they can in a traditional ring during boxing, kickboxing or Muay Thai bouts. This is unique in combat sports, as it eliminates the advantage by competitors who are well-versed in the art of “cutting off the ring” as a boxer or kickboxer may do. There are many examples of MMA athletes competing in other organizations falling from a traditional ring during competition, often resulting in unnecessary injuries.

Zuffa makes major investments to ensure the safety of competitors in the UFC Octagon. As a result, when fans see the Octagon they associate it with the reputation and quality delivered only by Zuffa at UFC events.

Octagon Details:

Exterior: 38 feet in diameter (11.5m)

Interior: (fighting space): 30 feet across (9.1m)

Walkway: 4 feet wide; 4 feet high (1.2m)

Entrance Gates: Two on opposite sides of the Octagon, each 3 feet wide (0.9m), 5 feet high (1.5m)

Height from Ground to Canvas: 4 feet (1.2m)

Height from Canvas to Top of Fence: 5 feet, 9 inches (1.8m)

Canvas: Textured and hand-painted; used only once for each event