The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) company. It is every single fighter’s dream to get to sign with this company and fight competitively. Currently, MMA in general and UFC in particular is becoming the fastest growing spectator fighting platform, outpacing even boxing.
The organization is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has the most fights with the biggest prizes. There are 11 weight divisions represented, and matches are held all of the time, with fighters today receiving as much acclaim as boxers in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s did back in the day. In fact the company holds over 400 events every year, making the fights not only exciting, but prolific as well.
All of this has been the work of one man – Dana White. He turned UFC from a primarily American, somewhat small organization to a multi-billion dollar, world wide phenomenon (in fact, there are orphanages full of children in China whose singular goal is to pump out MMA fighters).
The way that UFC events started was not so much as a competition of who could use the best combination of martial arts the best, but actually an experiment to see which martial art could defeat the rest. However, it was the fighters themselves who began to learn from each other, adopting stances, techniques, and other aspects of their competitors’ martial arts and incorporating that into their own fighting. And thus, MMA was born, birthed in the incubator of UFC.
The way that the UFC makes the vast majority of its money is not only through ad revenue and sponsorship deals, but also due to the fact that it is all pay-per-view. It is possible to not only pay to view one fight, but to also pay $10.00 a month in order to get all of the fights on your television. And unlike certain sports, it is possible to pay to watch these fights anywhere in the world – from Europe and Australia to the south Pacific and Latin America.
Due to this world-wide reach, people from all over the world have begun to try their hand at MMA and attempt to get signed on to UFC. Men and Women from all different countries try out to be both fighters as well as the Octagon Girls. We wanted to find out more about the female fighters and the Octagon Girls, and we have compiled a list of our favorites, starting with…
Julianna Pena was a part of Team Tate in The Ultimate Fighter 18, proving her mettle and showing that she was qualified to be a part of the top mixed martial arts team. She won the show on a technical knockout against opponent Jessica Rakoczy during the show’s finale, and then she started training to fight in the big leagues. However, despite missing the entire 2014 season due to a compound leg injury, she returned with a vengeance in 2015.