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Now many people look at mixed martial arts as just 'cage fighting' or 'human cock fightin', a barbaric sport with no holds barred in which great injury and brutal beat downs are inflicted upon people. This couldnt be more further from the truth.
Yes these types of fights are held in a cage, but when they are held traditional boxing rings competitiors end up falling through the ropes when grappling, the fights are constantly stopped and started due to the ropes, while the cage offers continuous action and no danger of falling out.
Yes this sport does allow kicks to the head etc (but not to a downed opponent) but the regulations that have been put into place make MMA the safest combat sport in the world, with only one recorded fatality ever. Compare this to boxing, or even rally driving and you'll see MMA is infinitly safer than alot of traditional sports.
UFC 43's main event marked the first of 3 fights between 2 of the sports legends, Randy 'The Natural Couture and Chuck 'The Iceman' Liddell for the interim UFC light heavyweight title (with champ Tito Ortiz having a dispute over money with the UFC at the time).
The other fights on the card included real life street fighter Tank Abbot vs Kimo Leopoldo in a heavy-weight bout, Vitor Belfort vs. Marvin Eastman in a LHW bout, Ian Freeman vs. Vernon White (HW bout), recent victor over Brock Lesnar Frank Mir vs. Wes 'Cabbage' Sims, aswell as featuring fighters such as Matt Lindland, Yves Edwards and Pedro Rizzo.
This event has a mixture of everything, submissions, TKO's, decison's and even a disqualification, and is recommended for fight fans everywhere.