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UFC on FOX: 15 Things First-Time MMA Viewers Must Know About the Sport

(#6: Junior Dos Santos lives in fire, and has never owned a shirt.)

By Matt Saccaro

Have you seen the commercials for UFC on FOX but are new to the whole MMA thing? From rules to history to notable figures, there’s a lot that new fans need to know in order to better appreciate the sport and not sound like a complete “noob” during the fight this Saturday.

Some of this may seem complicated and intimidating, but it’s really not that hard to understand. So what do you need to know about MMA before you watch UFC on FOX?

Visit for a helpful primer on the sport and the “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” event on FOX.

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Yazloz18- November 9, 2011 at 8:53 am
I don't care much for Bleacher Report. Its sorta like a time machine. They report the news from two months ago and bring it back.
Plus they have way to many opinion articles
Gobbleston- November 9, 2011 at 8:20 am
Their boring style wrestling would cancel each other out, and it would be actual literally gay man hugging in the center of the cage. Not on the ground, but like... slow dancing.
Clyde- November 9, 2011 at 5:09 am
So I don't "trane UFC, bro"? Damn.
Faux Rogan- November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm
Arrg, this article specifically for people new to MMA does not cater to me, the crusty mma fanlord.
Todd M- November 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm
That article sounds like a Rookie educating a Noob.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm
...and that .gif FOX cartoon is lame as fuck. Fucking more stupid shit from a sold out company.
itsgalf- November 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm
"In fact, MMA fights between women are often more exciting than many of the men's fights!"

Often? nope
edhedicus- November 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm
DONT YOU EVER SAY THAT AGAIN!!!! Are you trying to destroy time and space by even THINKING that Fitch and Shields could fight.... SHAME ON YOU!!!!
Gobbleston- November 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm
I was buying that article until page 15. "There's no such thing as a boring fight, only fans who can't appreciate certain aspects of the fight game. BJJ is complex, wrestling is complex, striking is complex. If you can't appreciate the technique of a wrestler who can stymie his opponent and control him as if he were or the skill of an elusive counter-striker, why are you watching in the first place?" This is blatant fucking bullshit. Obviously this man has never watched Jake Shields or Jon Fitch. Should the two ever fight, it would likely cause so much boredom, that space-time would collapse into itself.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Why don't the editors of the Potato Nation ever talk shit about Fluffa, Fajitas, or not-so-Bright White?
Bunch of fake and slanted's only getting too obvious which writers and editors are really sucking the cock.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Matt Saccaro - fuck your "noob" article, why are you hyping such bullshit?
....especially when the UFC want's everyone to believe they hate on the Potato?
Fake as shit....
FaH Q NL15- November 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm
I thought this article was hilarious, and unfortunately spot on. I cringe so hard when people call MMA UFC. When I was in high school, one of my buddy's brothers and his group of friends always called "grappling" "UFCing" (LMAO)... and one of them actually trained BJJ. Funking Idiots