What are mixed martial arts?

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympics where one of the earliest documented systems of codified full range unarmed combat was utilized in the sport of pankration. Various mixed style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the largest MMA promotion company worldwide.

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Some articles on mixed martial arts:

Lee Hasdell - Mixed Martial Arts Career (1995-2007) - Later Career - Cage Rage (2007)
... hiatus from the sport, Hasdell made an unsuccessful return to Mixed martial arts ... Lee Hasdell's last Mixed martial arts fight to date was against Ivan Serati on 1 December 2007, at Cage Rage 24 Feel the Pain ... Hasdell has now lost 7 out of his last 10 Mixed martial arts fights since 2000 ...
Lyle Beerbohm - Biography
... Before Lyle started his mixed martial arts career he was an accomplished wrestler in high school ... Fighter while incarcerated for piquing his interest in mixed martial arts ... has said in multiple interviews that his career in mixed martial arts started the day he left prison ...

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