What does MMA stand for and what does UFC stand for?

OVER the past few years the UFC has become a worldwide phenomenon.

It has generated an audience of millions and cemented it’s position as a mainstream sport.

Nate Diaz has become one of the biggest names in UFC


Nate Diaz has become one of the biggest names in UFCCredit: Getty

Since 1993 it has been the most popular MMA promoter in the world and has produced some of the sport’s biggest names including Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

However, whilst the sport continues to grow there is still some confusion about the differences between UFC and MMA.

What is MMA?

MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts.

It is a no holds barred, full-contact combat sport that involves elements such as striking and grappling.

MMA is a hybrid sport that takes aspects from different worldwide combat sports. The disciplines include boxing, jujitsu, karate, wrestling and kickboxing.

It is highly regarded as one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

What is UFC?

UFC stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It is a franchise of MMA.

The rapid growth of the company over the past 28 years has meant that the UFC is now estimated to have a worth of $5billion.

It currently consists of 12 weight divisions (eight men’s and four women’s) and each are required to abide by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.

Whilst the UFC is arguably the biggest promoter of MMA, they are rivalled by other organisations – the biggest being Bellator MMA who broadcast to the same audience.

They have been highly commended for giving women the same platform as men and have showcased some huge names including Ronda Rousey.

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