MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has become a huge global phenomenon in a short time.
1. Through the ages, different styles of martial arts, boxing and wrestling have come together to see which style is the best. The combat sports unarmed were common in Roman times, in ancient Greece and Egypt, so MMA is certainly not a new sport!
2. MMA today combines aspects of different martial arts. Rather than being very competent in one martial art, MMA fighters need to know more than one to be an effective fighter. A successful MMA fighter will have to be able to hit and block using boxing techniques, tackle as a wrestler and perform submission moves as a judo player .
3. Depending on the experience and skills of an MMA fighter, he / she may need to learn additional skills in order to succeed against any type of opponent. A jiu-jitsu fighter will fight a boxer if he can not bring him to the ground where he can use his boxing skills and his submission. Similarly, a boxer, or someone with a Thai boxing or karate background will not want to be brought to the ground.
4. An MMA fighter with good wrestling and submission skills will often seek to bring his opponent to the ground. A standing fighter will use kicks, blocks and punches to prevent his opponent from getting close enough to force him to touch the ground. Each fighter will fight according to his strength and will try to prevent his opponent from fighting according to his strength.
5. As a result, MMA fighters will learn techniques and skills from other martial arts. This allows them to keep fighting even if they are not in their comfort zone. MMA fighters need to know many aspects of martial arts to succeed. Bruce Lee was the first to combine elements of different martial arts to fit any style, according to the opponent.
6. MMA has helped the martial arts evolve in terms of training, fitness and efficiency.Previously less popular or relatively unknown fighting styles have become more popular thanks to their success in MMA competitions. The Jiu Jitsu Brazilian and Muay Thai (Thai boxing) are two of the most effective martial arts and are part of many MMA fighters training regimen.
7. Improved rules and regulations have improved MMA’s reputation from what was perceived as “street fighting” or “fight-to-death” competitions to actual organized events.
8. MMA fighters are not allowed to strike the groin, to poke their eyes or to hit an unconscious opponent for example. Every country and every federation has its own rules, but on the whole, the rules are there to protect the fighters . Some rules are designed to make the fight more attractive to spectators and to encourage fighters to fight rather than distance each other.
9. MMA was considered a new addition for the 2004 Olympics under the banner Pankration, which was the ancient Greek name for a combined style of wrestling and unarmed combat boxing. However, because of the large number of new sports suggested, no new sports have been introduced to make it fair for all concerned.
10. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was founded in 1993 to find the most effective martial art for real unarmed combat situations. The different competitions and weight classes have seen amazing fights and champions. TUFs have become so popular that some MMA events have attracted pay-per-view TV viewers and generated revenues that rival boxing and football.