MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is a full-contact combat sport that puts striking and grappling martial arts altogether into one practice. It gathers techniques from a variety of disciplines such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. The sport became popular through an American Mixed Martial Arts promotion company named UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), which was founded in 1993.
The sport was originally promoted as a platform for athletes from different disciplines to compete with each other to determine the most dominant form of martial arts for real unarmed combat. Fighters soon realized the value of incorporating techniques from different martial arts into their own, as the development of both striking and grappling are essential to becoming a complete martial artist.
The safety side of MMA has often raised concern to the general public. However, the growth of the sport has also pressured MMA promoters to protect athletes and gain mainstream acceptance by complying with sport regulations and adhering to a strict set of rules. If you wish to find out more information regarding the rules of MMA, please click here.
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