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UFC straw weight star Aleksandra Albu was voted the sexiest female fighter on the UFC roster, and after you watch this video, you will understand why. Aleksandra Albu (born July 14, 1990) or Alexandra Albu is a Moldovan-born Russian mixed martial artist. Albu is part of the Romanian community in Moldova. Albu means The White in Romanian. She went to represent Russia after several years of training in Moscow. Albu was expected to make her promotional debut against Julie Kedzie on at UFC Fight Night 33 on December 6, 2013. However, Albu was forced to pull out of the bout due to a knee injury. Albu made her eventual debut on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64 against Izabela Badurek. Albu defeated Badurek in the second round with a guillotine choke.
In July 2017 after a two year hiatus Albu returned to UFC with a match against American mixed martial artist, Kailin Curran. Albu won by unanimous decision. Lets go back and look at the history of Mixed Martial Arts and how it all began. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called “War of the Worlds”. The tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, and kickboxing. The tournament would also feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos. Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event’s creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.
In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO (HBO), SET (Showtime), and Campbell McLaren at the Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG). Both TVKO and SET declined, but SEG – a pioneer in pay-per-view television which had produced such offbeat events as a gender versus gender tennis match between Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova – became WOW’s partner in May 1993. SEG contacted video and film art director Jason Cusson to design the trademarked “Octagon”, a signature piece for the event. Cusson remained the Production Designer through UFC 27. SEG devised the name for the show as The Ultimate Fighting Championship.
WOW Promotions and SEG produced the first event, later called UFC 1, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993. Art Davie functioned as the show’s booker and matchmaker. The show proposed to find an answer for sports fans’ questions such as: “Can a wrestler beat a boxer?” As with most martial arts at the time, fighters typically had skills in just one discipline and had little experience against opponents with different skills. The television broadcast featured kickboxers Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier, savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, karate expert Zane Frazier, shootfighter Ken Shamrock, sumo wrestler Teila Tuli, boxer Art Jimmerson.