The UFC was founded in 1993, Dana White took over as president in 2001, and it is now one of the most popular sports entities in the United States.
The UFC is one of the most popular sports entities in the United States | Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The UFC started staging fights in 1993 with the goal of finding the ultimate fighting champion during a single-night tournament featuring the best athletes skilled in various martial arts disciplines.

The first big step forward came in 2001 when Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta took over the promotion and gave Dana White the title of UFC president.

With White leading the way, the UFC grew into the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts promotion. The Ultimate Fighter reality television program, which started in 2005, and the 2013 launch of the UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service, helped widen its audience.

The UFC stages more than 40 live events each year that are broadcast to more than 1.1 billion people in 165 countries with the help of 165 global broadcast partners.

Year founded: 1993

Number of weight classes: 8 for men, 4 for women

President: Dana White

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