Here's the UFC in a nutshell: Two guys of similar weights get thrown into an
octagon ... five-minute rounds (three rounds in all, five for title fights)
... no shoes, no heavy gloves ... they can win by A) punching, kicking or
elbowing their opponent into submission, or B) forcing him to quit with a submission hold ... the referee halts the fight if he feels that A) a cut requires immediate medical attention, or B) somebody can't defend themselves anymore.
The beauty of the UFC? Everyone uses different fighting methods, so invariably, a clash of the right styles makes a memorable fight. You have karate guys, submission specialists, technical wrestlers, counter-punchers, pancrase specialists, even guys just hoping to throw more punches than they receive. Nobody takes a night off, everyone is fighting for his life, and there's a more primitive feel to the matches than you get from any other sport. It's the closest we'll ever get in real life to the fight scene in "Escape From New York."