It's been twenty-five years or so since the first UFC event went down. How things have changed since roughly 8,000 fans took in that inaugural show back in 1993 in Denver, Colorado.
Like any live sporting event, there's a vast difference between what you see on TV and what you get live with the UFC.
WhatCulture's Jay Anderson had a chance to go back stage at UFC Atlantic City last week, and take it all in from frankly one of the best seats in the house.
With a promising lightweight main event between Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza, plus the return of Frankie Edgar (too soon, many complained) following a knockout loss at the hands of Brian Ortega, it was an event that had a little bit of everything. Which made it the perfect one to measure where the UFC is with its live shows. And while there is always room for improvement (allowing fighters to get more creative with their entrances is a big one), there are definitely a few things you can only get live.
And, of course, there're a few things most fans could probably do without. We'll take a look at both the good and the bad, and check out ten things you can only experience from a UFC live event!
Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.