One of the reasons that UFC and similar organizations have seen such popularity is that everyone wants to see different fighting styles and combat philosophies go head-to-head in a cage match. Of the more than 300 styles of martial arts in the world though nearly 100 of them are either entirely weapons-based or have a heavy degree of weapons use in them.
Unified Weapons Master: Is Australia Bringing Back Gladiatorial Fights?
The days of gladiators fighting to the death in an arena for the enjoyment of the mob are long passed. In Australia though the custom is seeing a resurgence... well, with one major difference. Thanks to the Lorica no one has to die, even though fighters are free to use a wide variety of weapons.