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In boxing, the fighter who retires will keep the belt and the committee will generally schedule a fight between the next two contenders to recognize the new champion. A new belt will be made for the new champion. Lennox Lewis was a recent retired champ. In terms of belts a new belt is made every time a new champion is crowned. The ex-champion gets to keep ...


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These women are called "Ring Girls" and have been part of the boxing folklore since 1965. The initial intent was to give the feeling of a show more than just a combat. This article from livestrong.com says: Ring Girl Duties When it comes right down to it, the responsibilities of the ring girl aren't vast or complicated. Usually, the attractive ...


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I boxed for a couple of years in the 90s and spent some time training in Colorado Springs and San Diego - the hubs of USA amateur boxing at the time (alas the furthest I made it was GG Finals - lost to a damn lefty). I knew some "Champions" and there were tons of federations at the time. The question about the belt is easy. The belt is yours. I mean ...


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After some research, I believe that Wrestling and MMA copied boxing's practice of a championship belt. Let's start with MMA. When UFC began it followed the accepted practice of awarding championship belts, as WWE and WBO do. UFC simply followed along with it's contemporaries. The first belt awarded to a fighter was a boxer given in 1810, according to this ...


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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) administers the UFC's drug testing policy. They have a website at ufc.usada.org, and on this website you can read the 21-page policy (pdf), which took effect on July 1, 2015. Every UFC fighter is subject to unannounced, year-round drug testing by the USADA. The sanctions for testing positive is dependent on the ...


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I also sometimes wondered this - especially when you see their drained faces stumbling to the scale and they you hear they're 0.5 pound under. You would think they'd die for that 0.5 pound glass of water...But you need to consider following: Altho scales in the backstage are calibrated to fix the official scale, you never know.. If they'd allow themselves ...


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From UFC RULES AND REGULATIONS: UNIFIED RULES AND OTHER MMA REGULATIONS (emphasis added) Weight Divisions Except with the approval of the Commission, or its executive director, the classes for mixed martial arts contests or exhibitions and the weights for each class shall be: Strawweight up to 115 pounds Flyweight over 115 pounds to 125 ...


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This has happened in MMA, in the infamously known as "Detroit Dance", a match between Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock at UFC 9. In the end, judges scored the match for Dan Severn and nothing much happened. This article explaining the reasons is funnier than the match itself.


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A fighter is grounded anytime they have more than just the soles of their feet on the ground. If they have so much as a finger or a shin on the ground, they are grounded. Also, if they are leaning on the cage fence, and would be on the ground if it weren't for the cage holding them up, they are also considered grounded. From the Association of Boxing ...


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Perhaps! But it really depends what specific time period you're referring to. Just saying "Past" doesn't specify what time period you (or Joe Rogan in this case) are referring to. I'm not gonna provide any numbers to confirm or dispute that hypothesis in this answer. There have been a number of bone breaks in the past few UFC events, notably the ...


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While my eyes have been telling me Apex's smaller cage results in more action, there's not enough evidence to support the idea of significantly higher finish rate. To be clear, I'll argue the finish rate is not significantly higher, statistically we see that the rate is marginally higher. The UFC has been hosting fights in their Apex complex in Las Vegas ...


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There are numerous reasons for this orbiting movement around the ring seen in all types of fighting matches. First, fighters wish to move since being a mobile target often has the benefit of being harder to hit. Bear in mind that fighters wish to also control the ring and their opponents through this spinning in question. Whether the spinning occurs clock-...


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It's because the majority of watchers of UFC are men. Hence, the UFC uses those girls to get the attention of these men, which leads to a larger viewership and hence ultimately more money for the UFC. It's the same concept that underlies cheerleaders in other American sports competitions. There's a slight difference in the sense that at least cheerleaders ...


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It could be a carry over from boxing when ladies would display a sign when a new round was about to start. Why use ladies??...probably because most spectators are men.


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If the competition follows the Unified Rules of MMA, they are based on the ABC Ring Officials Certification Program, and this states: COMPLETION OF THE SCORECARD If the referee indicates that a contestant has been knocked down, it must be scored as a knockdown. The referee is the only official that can penalize a contestant for a foul. Judges must deduct ...


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A Bloody Elbow article (one of the leading MMA sites) from 2007 states: Following the end of every round the judges turn their cards in to the ref who holds them to make sure that no score changing happens "after the fact." Of course...with boxing's history there are plenty of fights that can be pointed to as examples of where people feel that ...


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The score for each individual round must be written down at the end of the round. A judge cannot go back and change the score after the fact.


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From ufc.com rules and regulation: UNIFIED RULES AND OTHER MMA REGULATIONS 14. Judging A. All bouts will be evaluated and scored by 3 judges who shall evaluate the contest from different location around the ring/fighting area. The referee may not be one of the 3 judges. B. The 10-Point Must System will be the standard system of scoring a ...


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