With a cable-television deal and expansion into Canada, Europe, Australia the Middle East and new markets within the United States, the UFC as of 2010[update] has gained in popularity, along with greater mainstream-media coverage. As of 2010[update] viewers can access UFC programming on pay-per-view television in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Italy. UFC programming can also be found on Spike and Versus in the U.S., in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ESPN, as well as in over 130 countries and 20 different languages worldwide.
Inspired by vale tudo tournaments in Brazil, the UFC and the sport of MMA have roots in the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration in 648 B.C. The UFC held its first competition in Denver, Colorado in 1993. Showcasing fighters of different disciplines—including boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, the UFC gradually underwent reform by embracing stricter rules and achieving sanctioning with State Athletic Commissions.
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