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UFC is considered to be the best MMA promotion in the world.
Their fighters are the baddest men on the planet, with incredible fighting abilities under rules that are more liberal than in any other combat sport.
However, some business decisions that the UFC made sparked debates about whether the fights were even real. So, is UFC fake?.
UFC fights are real, and there are no scripts for the fights as there are in the WWE. MMA is actual fighting, while WWE is rehearsed and acted out. But, UFC has adopted some business models from WWE to hype up their fights, which is why people think their fights were scripted, too.
In this article, I’ll focus on the reasons and factors that came into play and made people think that the UFC isn’t real.
That includes hiring Brock Lesnar and other WWE stars, allowing the fighters to trash talk, putting on a show for the cameras, and scripting appearances in between fights.
Why Do People Think that UFC Fights Are Fake?
Brock Lesnar & CM Punk – Introducing WWE in UFC
There were never talks about the UFC fights being fixed before the UFC hired Brock Lesnar to fight in the promotion.
The only thing he had going for him, is being a huge guy (mainly from steroids) and being extremely popular at the time. He had no MMA experience, and yet, he got to fight in the UFC.
He then got a title fight after going 1-1 in his first two fights, which made many fans think it was already scripted for Lesnar to become the UFC heavyweight champion.
He did become a champ and defended the title two times before losing to Cain Velasquez.
His MMA career ultimately came to a close after testing positive on steroids, sparking even more backlash from the fans saying it was all fake. It wasn’t, though, but there’s always the possibility that Lesnar wasn’t tested the way he should’ve been.
We all know that WWE is fake and scripted. So, when a WWE star decided to fight in the UFC, people assumed the UFC has to be fake, too.
To add to it, Lesnar won the title, which is unfathomable, because he had no MMA experience whatsoever.
But, when another WWE superstar came to the UFC, the talks about fixing fights to make them look better quickly evaporated.
That other superstar was CM Punk. He never had any real fighting experience, even though he was one of the best WWE “fighters” in the world.
He quickly learned what UFC and MMA fighting are. CM Punk got brutally beaten up two times before they fired him, stating that it’s not safe to put an amateur inside an octagon with the world’s deadliest fighters.
Still, he got paid more than some UFC fighters could ever dream of, which is yet another proof that the UFC became more about making money than pairing up the best MMA fighters in the world.
That doesn’t make the fights fake, though, but if the UFC continues the trend of making money fights and allowing random stars to fight in the octagon, it will hurt their reputation and the level of professionalism that fans want from UFC fighters.
Scripted Octagon Appearances and Trash Talks
One more thing that makes fans think the UFC is fake is how they started to hype up potential fights.
They began organizing octagon appearances and call-outs during events, which is a common practice in the WWE.
One particular example that comes to mind was after the main event of UFC 226, where Daniel Cormier won the heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic.
The former champion Brock Lesnar was sitting in the front row. After the fight with Stipe, DC took the microphone and called out Lesnar, who then stepped inside the octagon and pushed Cormier.
It looked fake and scripted. The confirmation about the confrontation being scripted came a few days after.
The UFC announced that Lesnar had entered the USADA (the United States Anti Doping Agency) testing protocol.
In the end, Lesnar gave up on the idea, as he had to test negative for any PEDs for six months, and there was a massive backlash from fans getting mad at the idea.
Even though the fight fell through, it was hyped for a few months, and fans just felt like everything was set up to become the next big money fight.
So, they started questioning if DC’s battle with Miocic was rigged, too.
Of course, the fight wasn’t scripted in any way, and Stipe regained his title later, but the whole situation didn’t quite go well, and fans started doubting the matchmaking process in the UFC.
Is UFC Fake and Scripted?
There are many questionable decisions that the UFC has made recently, making some fans suspect that the fights are fake and scripted.
They usually made those decisions because they meant more money for everybody involved (the fighters and the UFC).
Giving Brock Lesnar the title fight after a few years of inactivity and a failed doping test in his last fight +means that you’re skipping the entire division rankings just to make more money.
That rubs off the wrong way to many, making them believe that everything is scripted to entertain and attract viewers.
The truth is, the UFC has a right to make those decisions and give title shots to who they think deserves it the most (for one reason or another), as long as they don’t script and fix the fights themselves.
And, as far as we know, they have never done that, and they never will.
The fights are genuine, and the men and women going head to head in that Octagon are real warriors.
They implement techniques from many different martial arts and do it at the most elite level possible.
The most complete fighters in the world compete in the UFC, and nothing about the fights is fake – the knockouts, the blood, or the bruises.
Therefore, the UFC might do silly publicity stunts like the one with Brock Lesnar or skip rankings to make more money, but when it comes to the fights themselves, they are 100% real and unscripted.