Opening Bell

Peyton Fulbright, Stampede Reporter

This here is the first edition of a little blog I like to call fight week. Every week, I’ll be going over the latest fight news, as well as reviewing the most recent, popular fights. Mainly, you’ll be reading about MMA, but I’ll touch on boxing, and refer to the occasional super fights in kickboxing, and maybe the occasional grappling tournament.

For those who don’t know, MMA stands for mixed martial arts. It started as a way to see what the ultimate fighting style was. Boxers against wrestlers, judo players against muay thai artists, etc. The first organized MMA competition was the first UFC event, on Nov. 12, 1993. Then, there were no rules, anything and everything was legal. Since then, it became more of a sport than a sideshow act, and adapted the unified rules of MMA, which almost all American organizations use. To be successful, now you have to be able to do everything, unlike before when people could only do one thing. Since then, many other fighting promotions have appeared, the most notable and famous being Pride FC in Japan. Although it wasn’t American, many American fighters fought there, and it was where the best in the world were. Unfortunately, they ran out of money, and almost every fighter went to the UFC. Now, the UFC’s ownership owns almost all competition.

Just so you know that I’m not making it up as I go along, I’ve been watching fights for over a year now. As soon as I first saw them, I fell in love. I spent hours on the internet watching fights, doing research, reading books. I also started training. I love jiu jitsu. Jiu jitsu is all about the ground game, submissions and grappling.