3. There are rules (plenty of them)
One of the biggest misconceptions casual viewers still have about the UFC is that they think there are no rules.
True, back in the promotion’s early days, there were no rules, no time limit , no weight classes, and no gloves. However, like all sports, MMA eventually evolved and became more uniformed with the creation of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts in 2000, a clear set of standards that many promotions, including the UFC, now adhere to.
Some notable Octagon no-no’s include strikes to the groin, eye gouging, fish hooking, and strikes to the back of the head, with clear penalties outlined for offenders.
Check out the UFC’s current rule book here.
Pictured: Referee John McCarthy.