In the last couple of years I’ve become I huge fan of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). I’m quite lucky in that April encourages me to watch the events, whereas I think a lot of women would refuse to sit through a UFC event with their other half on account of the violence and brutality of it all.
But what makes Mixed Martial Arts an interesting spectacle for me isn’t the anticipation of seeing limbs get broken, heads get split open and guys taking 12 consecutive elbows to the head. What I enjoy is the precision of it all – the technique and the skill that is required in order to avoid defeat (or serious injury). It is a sport where a split-second can be the difference between victory and defeat (if you don’t believe me, CLICK HERE).
Long gone are the days where they would put two guys in the Octagon who had no skill but would just beat the daylights out of each other. The fighters in the UFC are, by and large, extremely dedicated professional athletes who are well versed in boxing, wrestling, ju-jitsu, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian street-fighting, judo, or a whole host of other fighting disciplines. Many of them have been international champions are their preferred style, and have then looked to add other styles to their technique in order to compete well in the UFC.
Anyway, rather than giving a sermon on what the UFC is and why I love it, I just wanted to put a couple of highlight reels about the two latest fighters to join the UFC – neither of whom I know much about.
Mirko Cro Cop is Croat and, from seeing this highlight video, looks like his high kicks are going to be dangerous.
And Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson just looks explosive. Big slams, big punches, big aggression, big chain round his neck – exactly what UFC fans love to see. Rampage is the only guy who has beaten current UFC light heavyweight champ, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell, that Chuck hasn’t since come back and avenged – so this should be a great addition to the UFC.
Finally, CLICK HERE if you want to read my brief recap of the most recent UFC event, UFC 66 that took place on New Years Eve