The smaller octagon allows strikers to use cage as part of their takedown defense. When a fighter is a position to get taken down, they have a smaller distance to scramble to get their back to the cage to prevent the takedown.Mar 4, 2021
However, they are some incidents in which fighters have sustained life-threatening injuries, or in the worst case have died, so the question remains, has anyone died in the UFC? and the answer is no, but there are 7 recorded deaths in sanctioned fights outside of UFC.May 24, 2021
Does UFC Use Different Size Octagons? As already mentioned, not all of the UFC Octagons are the same. In most cases, UFC uses their usual Octagon of a diameter of 30 ft (9.1 m). Sometimes, during the smaller events, they use an Octagon of a diameter of 30 ft (9.1 m).