8 Amazing and Interesting facts about the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) game

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Founded in 1993 by Art Davie, Rorion Gracie, and Semaphore Entertainment Group, the UFC began as a one-night competition to determine the world's top martial artist."

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The first UFC event, UFC 1, was held on November 12, 1993, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. It was a pay-per-view event that drew over 86,000 viewers.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Royce Gracie triumphed in the inaugural UFC tournament, conquering four opponents in a single night and securing three more consecutive wins.

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The UFC was initially banned in several states and countries due to its violence. However, it gradually gained popularity and acceptance in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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In 2001, Zuffa LLC, owned by casino moguls Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta, acquired the UFC, catalyzing its transformation into a global powerhouse.

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In 2016, the UFC was sold to WME-IMG for $4.2 billion. This made it the most valuable sports league in the world at the time.

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The UFC has held events in over 20 countries around the world. Its biggest event, the International Fight Week, is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The UFC is the most popular mixed martial arts (MMA) organization in the world. It has over 600 fighters under contract and its events are televised in over 100 countries.

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