Mixed martial arts has exploded into mainstream America over the past decade. This intricate evolution of the sport has been elevated to monumental peaks by the influence and workings of a few pivotal pieces.
Showcasing a variety of combat sport disciplines, including boxing, kickboxing, judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the sport's largest promotion and is now synonymous with the term MMA.
Available to millions of fight fans worldwide, the UFC hosts spectacular fight venues in a multitude of countries, including England, Germany, Japan, Australia, Dubai, Canada and the United States, just to name a few.
The growth of the sport has resulted in a syndicated reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter, video games for Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo and fighters gracing the front covers of global magazines, including Sports Illustrated and Men's Health, as well as multimillion-dollar agreements with network television, including Versus and most recently Fox.
This foundation for growth and subsequent explosion has been the result of the hard work, dedication, devotion and commitment to the sport of many people.
Those who have sacrificed and given their all to the UFC can be proud of their efforts. These dedicated individuals have aided in the sport's global presence.
Of these diligent individuals, five key people have served as the most influential figures in the UFC today.
Thank you to these five, as well as the thousands who have provided us fans with endless hours of enjoyment and awe-inspiring moments.