The reason that so many people accidentally call mixed martial arts UFC is
that the UFC is the biggest and most prestigious fighting
organization there is. It’s the NFL of football or the NBA of basketball.
It’s the big leagues, and it’s where any fighter that wants to be the best
aspires to be.
The UFC has their main events which are numbered (UFC 209, UFC 210, etc.) and
then also has their smaller events called UFC Fight Nights.
The UFC has been around for many years but gained its biggest popularity bump
around 2006 when it merged with Pride FC and then
purchased the WEC and Strikeforce. As those were the current biggest
competitors, the UFC staked their claim in the industry and have not looked back
In 2011, the UFC penned a deal with Fox Sports Network, putting the
organization and the sport on the map officially.