This is embarrassing to admit: I knew nothing about MMA till I was invited to attend today’s UFC Fight Night Singapore Press Conference. Want to find out how you can get tickets for the 4th Jan 2014 UFC Fight Night Singapore? Then check out my blogpost here.
With the press release given to me is an insightful document: The 2013 UFC Rule Book & Fight Terms.
For the clueless like me:
There are various fight styles in a UFC bout, like boxing, judo, karate, kickboxing, kungfu, and taekwondo. Those particularly interesting to me are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ‘Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling’ – I never knew BJJ existed till I signed up for personal training with Quantum Fitness.
UFC Rules & Regulations:
UFC Weight Classes:
This puts me in the flyweight category!😀
There are 31 match fouls listed within the Rule Book, such as “Groin attacks of any kind” and “Kicking the head of a grounded opponent”. But one made me laugh out loud:
Timidity, including, but without limitation: avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
It seems “timidity” is not an option in a fight!😀
How to win, then?
The glossary of fight terms is also an extensive one. Know what “Butterfly Guard”, “Armbar” or “Guillotine Choke” mean? I have the descriptions but I think the terms are scary enough. Guillotine Choke, anyone?😛