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Ways to Win

A UFC fight keeps the audience on the edges of their seats because of all of the different martial arts systems used in one bout. A fight starts standing, but may quickly end up on the canvas or against the Octagon walls - you never know! No matter what direction the fight heads in or which fighting styles are used, the ways to win are the same.

The Ultimate Feat

Nothing else can bring an entire arena to its feet like the knock out. The Holy Grail of ways to end the bout, some fighters go their entire career without ever notching a win by knock out while others have reputations of being knock out artists. A knock out occurs when a fighter is knocked down and either unconscious, disoriented or unable to intelligently defend himself.

Memorable Victory

Sometimes the final blow is delivered after a barrage of strikes, and other times it's one solid strike that ends the fight. Occasionally a fighter on the edge of defeat musters all of his strength to produce a punch (or haymaker) that gives him the knock out victory. Whether from a punch, kick or slam, the knock out is an accomplishment that both fighters and fans are sure to remember.

Say Uncle

A fighter gets their opponent to submit by using a choke hold or joint lock.

  • Choke hold - Pressure is applied to the neck in an attempt to cut off blood flow to the brain. The goal is to get his opponent to tap out or lose consciousness.
  • Joint lock - A fighter brings his opponent's joint to its maximum range of motion, causing extreme pain. The opponent will tap out to avoid any serious consequences.

A submission can be done standing, but is most often seen on the ground. Although submissions are not as dramatic as a knockout, many fans prefer to see a fight end with a submission and feel that they require more skill and strategy. Once a fighter is locked in a submission hold, they can tap out or verbally submit to avoid injury or passing out.

Tally The Scores, Both Are Standing

With such fearless fighters in the UFC, some bouts will run the full duration of all rounds without either fighter backing down. In these cases, judges appointed by the state commission (not chosen by the UFC) decide on the victor. The judges score based on a 10-point must system in which the winner of each round must be given 10 points (less any fouls) and his opponent is given 9 points or less. At the end of the fight, all three judges add up their points for each fighter to come to a decision.

  • Unanimous Decision - All three judges agree on the winner.
  • Split Decision - Two judges pick the same winner and the third judge chooses the other fighter
  • Majority Decision - Two judges choose the same winner and the the third judge calls the fight a draw.
  • Majority Draw - Two judges call the fight a draw and the third chooses a winner.

Sometimes the decision is evident to everyone watching, but in many cases, the two fighters seem to fight equally and the crowd stands in anticipation of the decision.