McGregor in 2018
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, main event of UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2011
McGregor (right), Dana White (middle) and José Aldo (left) in London as part of the World Tour promoting UFC 189 in March 2015.
The Ultimate Fighter uses an elimination tournament format, as highlighted by the season ten bracket.
A Chinese martial artist preparing to throw his opponent during a lei tai contest in Ancient China.
McGregor in 2016.
The Pancrastinae: A statue portraying the pancratium, an event which took place in the Roman Colosseum. Even as late as the Early Middle Ages, statues were put up in Rome and other cities to honor remarkable pankratiasts. This statue, now part of the Uffizi collection, is a Roman copy of a lost Greek original, circa 3rd century BC.
McGregor's March 2019 mugshot
A scene of Ancient Greek pankratiasts fighting. Originally found on a Panathenaic amphora, Lamberg Collection.
Masahiko Kimura vs. Hélio Gracie, a 1951 bout between Japanese judo fighter Masahiko Kimura and Brazilian jiu jitsu founder Hélio Gracie in Brazil, was an early high-profile mixed martial arts bout.
Bruce Lee popularized the concept of mixed martial arts via his hybrid system of Jeet Kune Do during the late 1960s to early 1970s.
Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki, a 1976 bout in Japan where boxer Muhammad Ali fought wrestler Antonio Inoki, was an important precursor to MMA contests.
Yuki Nakai fights UFC 1 finalist Gerard Gordeau at Vale Tudo Japan 1995
MMA gloves. They are fingerless gloves which allow both striking and grappling to occur.
Groundfighting in MMA. Differently from other grappling-based martial arts, you are allowed to strike your opponent when fighting on the ground.
Gina Carano applying a Ground-and-Pound on her opponent.
MMA fighter attempts a Triangle-Armbar submission on his opponent.
A ring-side doctor attends to a fighter following a loss.
A Ring used by PRIDE.
An Octagon cage used by the UFC.
Fighter performs a takedown on his opponent.

Conor Anthony McGregor (Conchúr Antóin Mac Gréagóir; born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist.

- Conor McGregor

The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

- The Ultimate Fighter

McGregor faced The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner, and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Nate Diaz on 5 March 2016 at UFC 196 in a welterweight bout.

- Conor McGregor

Season 22 did not feature a fight between coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber since McGregor was the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion and had an automatic title unification with Featherweight Champion José Aldo next.

- The Ultimate Fighter

Fighters known for using boxing include: Petr Yan, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Max Holloway, Calvin Kattar, Cain Velasquez, Nick Diaz, Glover Teixeira, Junior dos Santos, B.J. Penn, Dan Hardy, Shane Carwin and Andrei Arlovski.

- Mixed martial arts

In the United States, prior to the success of The Ultimate Fighter reality show that launched mixed martial arts into the mainstream media, there was no major coverage of female competitions.

- Mixed martial arts
McGregor in 2018

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Royce Gracie used Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the early years of UFC to defeat opponents of greater size and strength.
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock was instrumental in the UFC's turnaround into a mainstream sport.
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UFC 129 shattered previous North American gate and attendance records.
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Ronda Rousey was the first female UFC champion. She defended her 135-pound Bantamweight Championship from February 23, 2013, to November 15, 2015.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Their idea, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) was a reality television show featuring up-and-coming MMA fighters in competition for a six-figure UFC contract, with fighters eliminated from competition via exhibition mixed martial arts matches.

On November 5, 2016, the UFC had their first exhibition in New York City after years of being delayed by government officials and red tape with a dramatic first match, Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez.

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List of UFC champions

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions are fighters who have won UFC championships.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions are fighters who have won UFC championships.

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At the time of the UFC's inception in 1993, mixed martial arts was not sanctioned in the United States, and did not include weight classes.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is a reality television series and mixed martial arts competition produced by the UFC.

Conor McGregor was the first fighter to hold multiple titles simultaneously.

Ortiz in 2010

Tito Ortiz

Ortiz in 2010
Ortiz in June 2008
Ortiz with girlfriend, Amber Nichole Miller and two of his sons in November 2014

Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist and politician.

On December 5, it was announced Ortiz would coach the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with the opposing coach being Chuck Liddell.

Liddell in 2010

Chuck Liddell

Liddell in 2010
Liddell in 2007
Liddell trained with American Boxing Gold Medalist Howard Davis Jr. to prepare for an April 2009 bout against Maurício Rua.
Chuck Liddell with the fans at the UFC 100 Fan Expo
In his final UFC fight Chuck Liddell suffered his third consecutive knockout defeat to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
With Joba Chamberlain in 2009

Charles David Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is an American former mixed martial artist who was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

In early 2005, Liddell was a coach on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV's reality show which featured fighters competing for a UFC contract.

Paramount Network

American basic cable television channel owned by the MTV Entertainment Group unit of Paramount Media Networks.

American basic cable television channel owned by the MTV Entertainment Group unit of Paramount Media Networks.

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Final Spike logo used from March 3, 2015, to January 17, 2018, in the United States; Currently used by local versions in international markets.

On January 17, 2005, Spike TV premiered The Ultimate Fighter, a reality competition series following mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters training and competing to earn a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Shamrock in 2016

Ken Shamrock

Shamrock in 2016
Shamrock (left) being interviewed by World Wrestling Federation commentator Jim Ross in 1997
Shamrock in 1998 at a WWF event wearing a T-shirt for the UFC 5 pay-per-view where he fought Royce Gracie for half an hour

Kenneth Wayne Shamrock (né Kilpatrick; born February 11, 1964) is an American bare-knuckle boxing promoter and retired professional wrestler mixed martial artist and kickboxer.

On April 9, 2005, at The Ultimate Fighter finale Shamrock faced Rich Franklin.

Penn in 2019

B.J. Penn

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Penn in 2019
Hughes and Penn before their rematch at UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
Penn appearing on the cover of the July 2008 issue of KoreAm
Penn autographing a copy of his autobiography, Why I Fight

Penn III''' (born December 13, 1978) is a former American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

An announcement was made on UFC Tonight in September 2013 that Penn will return from his hiatus and move to the Featherweight division to coach against rival, Frankie Edgar for the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Dan Henderson

Daniel Jeffery Henderson (born August 24, 1970) is an American retired mixed martial artist and Olympic wrestler, who last competed as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He was subsequently selected to lead Team U.S. on season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, with Michael Bisping coaching the opposing Team UK.

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Nogueira in 2015

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (, born 2 June 1976), better known as Minotauro or Big Nog, is a Brazilian retired mixed martial artist.

Nogueira and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir were the coaches for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which premiered on 17 September 2008, on Spike TV.

Hughes in 2007

Matt Hughes (fighter)

Hughes in 2007
Hughes and Penn at the weigh-ins before their rematch at UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn

Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973) is an American retired mixed martial artist with a background in wrestling.

In 2005, Hughes participated as a coach opposite Rich Franklin in the second season of the Spike TV reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter.