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MMA Hall of Fame: Rorion Gracie

Written on April 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another Gracie made his way to Fighting Insider's MMA Hall of Fame. Everybody, a round of applause for Rorion Gracie!

The older brother of Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie and Royler Gracie was born on January 10, 1952. Rorion Gracie is the founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is also one of the few people to hold a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Rorion Gracie was also credited for bringing the No-Holds Barred Fighting in North America, and he has the record of fastest win in eight seconds.

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Why UFC Ring is Called “The Octagon”?

Written on January 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fans are always seeing the UFC action inside The Octagon. But why do people call the UFC ring "The Octagon", and why is it octagon anyway? Reveal the secret by reading the article below.

Fans and spectators of any UFC events see the action inside what people call “The Octagon”. Though others don’t ponder much about it, some are still wondering. Why do fans call the UFC ring “The Octagon”? And why is it octagon anyway?

The Octagon, from the name itself, is an eight-sided enclosure mat wherein each UFC bouts are held. Its structure is made of metal walls and chain-link fence that is coated with black vinyl. The Octagon measure 32 feet in diameter, while the fence is 5′ 6″ to 5′ 8″ high. The UFC cage sits on top of a platform that is raised 4 feet above the ground. But before The Octagon becomes popular, boxing rings were used for MMA events.

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