How many of these did you know?
1) Established in 1985, Shooto is known as the oldest and very first mixed martial arts organization.
2) Douglas Dedge is the first pro fighter recorded to have died because of fatal injuries resulting from an MMA fight.
3) It was only at UFC 12 when weight classes were introduced.
4) The record for the fastest MMA knockout is between amateur fighters Mike Garrot and Sam Herron. Herron was KO-ed in just merely 1.13 seconds into the fight.
5) UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell starred in a 1981 movie entitled “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”
6) Shad Smith is the first MMA fighter who is open about being gay.
7) Before Dana White became the UFC big boss, he instructed boxercise to women, and managed Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.
8) Semaphore Entertainment Group, mother company of UFC, was sold to the Fertitta brothers, along with Dana White who was then managing some fighters. White tapped Lorenzo who was a childhood friend, and Frank Fertitta joined the two. In one month, the brothers had bought UFC and assigned Dana White as its President.
9) It was in May 2007 when Sports Illustrated featured its first ever MMA fighter on its cover. Roger Huerta graced the cover of the popular sports magazine to represent mixed martial arts and its rising popularity.
10) Jose Aldo adds a skull to his tattoo each time he defeats a fighter. In an interview he says, “Every time I win a fight, I get one more head tattooed on my shoulder. I’m going to get one more on Saturday, but don’t write this, or it’ll be too macabre.”
11) Travis Fulton holds the record for having the most number of MMA fights. He has fought 313 times as a pro MMA fighter, hence his nickname “The Iron Man.” He is also the fighter with the most wins through KO (92) and submission (152).
12) MMA fighter Jason David Frank played as the green ranger (Tommy) on the tv show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
13) Bruce Buffer aka “Veteran Voice of the Octagon” is a second degree black belter in a Korean martial arts called tang soo doo.