Mixed martial arts has been around long before the UFC. However, the organization has helped cultivate the sport into a world wide spectacle that continues to seek recognition.
The NFL, by comparison, is still a much more lucrative and viable sport that is accepted on all corners of the earth while MMA still seeks social acceptance in some areas.
However, the UFC is making strides that will enable the promotion to become synonymous with the NFL, as it will remain the leading franchise for MMA as a whole.
The sport is at the height of its popularity. Now that it has become popular amongst the most testosterone driven adults, the UFC has bared witness to a spike in its live events.
In fact, at UFC 129, the organization pulled in their largest numbers to date when they sold out the Rogers Centre, bringing in over 55,000 in attendance with gate revenues exceeding $11 million.
Now that the organization has partnered up with the world's leading sports television network, the UFC will be available on several platforms, including Fight Nights that will air both on FX and Fuel TV. Big event shows will air on the network's hub on FOX.
The Ultimate Fighter will also air both on FX and Fuel TV as well.
The UFC has at their disposal most, if not all, of the top 10 level competition that exists in the world. This includes that of all pound-for-pound greats, with Brazil's own Anderson Silva leading the helm.
With a consistent batch of world renowned talent, the promotion will not be without some aesthetically pleasing battles which will entice both the fans and media alike.
One thing you can't blame the UFC for is putting on the fights that the fans don't want to see.
With both the money and marketing behind them, many fighters aspire to become recognized as UFC fighters. They feel incomplete without having graced the Octagon at least once throughout their respective careers.
Blockbuster battles like Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar, Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua and BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz have recently been seen under the UFC banner and the organization won't stop there.
Much like the NFL, the UFC is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.
Arguably the second best promotion in the sport, Strikeforce has since been acquired by Zuffa, the subsidiary of the UFC.
The San Jose-based organization will continue as a separate entity, though many of their top tier talents have already made their way to the Octagon. You can expect more of the same in the years to come.