BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TRAINING – COMBAT SPORTS – ADVENT OF THE UFC
It was not that many years ago (before Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and the UFC) that if you were into combat sports, there was not much choice in what you could participate in or watch. Of course, boxing was huge and if you liked theatrics there was always pro wrestling for amusement! That all changed on November 12th 1993 with the first UFC at McNichols arena in Denver. With Royce Gracie winning the tournament format of the event, combat sports would never again be the same.
UFC and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training – VIOLENT MATERIAL???
The success of the UFC that we see today was no where close to being assured at its beginning. There were serious doubts whether the general public would accept a sport that at the time was considered extremely violent by many. If you go back and look at posters advertising the early UFC events, you will note a disclaimer at the bottom stating “MATURE AUDIENCES – VIOLENT MATERIAL”.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training & UFC 22 – SHAMROCK VS ORTIZ
My first up close and personal experience with a UFC event was UFC 22 in Lake Charles, LA. Being a Frank Shamrock fan, I was more than pumped for his fight with “bad boy” Tito Ortiz. The rest of the card included the likes of Chuck Liddel, Jens Pulver, Jeremy Horn and the debut of Matt Hughes. The fights lived up to their hype and with Shamrock stopping Ortiz in the fourth round of their fight I was hooked on attending future UFC shows.
TANK ABBOT STEALS SHOW
Much of the fight action was not limited to the center ring. Fans lived up to the event posters warning of violent material by engaging in numerous brawls in the stands. With fights breaking out numerous times and chairs being tossed, it was hard to determine which was more exciting to watch! Tank Abbot was a show stealer when between bouts he stood up in the stands and in typical Tank fashion went down to the center ring and reminded fans that Tank was there! Was Rome ever this good????
UFC – ULTIMATE COMBAT SPORT
Following UFC 22 a period of time elapsed when it was questionable if the sport was going to survive. Many states and boxing commissions did their best to limit its visibility. However when Zuffa productions took over and UFC events were again made available via home video the sport began to rise in popularity with the general public. The overall history of the UFC may be short, but with fighters today showing phenomenal athletic abilities the successful future of the sport is assured.
Who knows maybe future UFC events will have a whole new division for guys over 40!!!