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Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:28 pm
WHAT IS MIXED MARTIAL ARTS?
Mixed Martial Arts is the fusion of many different styles of martial arts. While originally in the earlier days of MMA we would have seen athletes simply cross training, i.e training in Muay Thai and wrestling or Brazilian Jujitsu and boxing ect. we now see a full blend of many, many different styles. Mixed Martial arts is effectively a martial art that has taken the aspects of every martial arts that would be considered the most effective inside the octagon and melded them into the closest that we can get to open rules fighting without risking the immediate and serious damage of competitors.
The UFC was originally created to show the world that Gracie Jujitsu (Brazilian Jujitsu) was the most efficient form of fighting in the world - a goal that they easily managed through Royce Gracie's dominance of other fighters that did not know how to grapple. As you can see a melding of styles was needed, a fighter needed to know not only how to strike, but how to wrestle to defend takedowns, and to grapple. Mixed Martial Arts was born through necessity to handle all facets of fighting.
Overtime, comparing the first UFC events to the current ones, it is clear to anyone that the sport has completely evolved - no longer are these street fighters or fighters from a single discipline - these are elite athletes who dedicate their entire lives to this exciting and rapidly expanding sport.
MMA utilizes a combination of techniques adopted and often adapted from a wide range of traditional and specialized martial arts and combat sports. While originally fighters would come in with a single style of fighting such as boxing or Brazilian Jiujitsu they quickly realised that to be successful they must be able to counter and react to anything that their opponent uses, so quickly fighters began to learn how to wrestle, box, clinch, kick, knee and grapple. It is often said that MMA 'evolves', this is because athletes continue to use different adaptaions and variants of techniques that span across hundreds of martial arts in an attempt to better their fighting technique and defeat their opponent.
MMA technique can be broken down into 4 main areas. Standing striking (often refereed to as 'stand up') Clinching, Grappling, submissions.
Popular MMA Promotions
Ultimate Fighting Championship
The largest and most popular MMA promotion company in the world. The UFC is broadcast to 149 countries, in over 1 billion homes and 30 languages. The UFC has an roster of over 350 fighters and holds over 30 events each year around the world. The UFC started as fringe organization in 1993, and has gone from being banned from many states and even PPV providers, to have a significant 7 year deal with the FOX networks in the US and being regulated in 49 of 50 states.
Bellator Fighting Championship
(BFC or usually just “Bellator”)
Currently considered to be the second largest MMA promotion in terms of popularity and level of competition. Bellator holds most of their events in the US and North America. Bellator is differentiated from the UFC in one important area; they utilise a tournament format in each weight class to determine a winner that gets the next shot at the champion of that weight class. The UFC has no strictly defined criteria for determining which fighter gets a title shot except for broad areas like win streak and wins over fighters in the top of the weight class rankings or sometimes if you're super popular you'll get a title shot just because.
PRIDE is a defunct Japanese MMA promotion. Pride operated from October 11, 1997 to October 4, 2007. Pride also has the claim for the largest ever MMA audience with a live attendance of over 81,000 at shockwave/dynamite. Pride operated in a standard for sided boxing ring under a different rule set, with a 10 minute first round a 5 minute second round and a 5 minute third round. Pride also allowed kicks to the head of a grounded opponent and no elbows on the ground. Countless notable fighters competed from this promotion, to name a few; Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, Wanderlei Silva, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva. Pride was in direct competition with the UFC up until its purchasing by Zuffa. Pride lost a lot of viewership and viability once links to underground criminal gangs such as the Yakuza were speculated.
THANK YOU BRER, I NOW HAVE AN INSATIABLE BLOODLUST AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE. WHERE CAN I DO THIS?
Aside from the obvious being YouTube, you can activate a 7 day free trial of UFC Fight Pass, which has Events from almost every MMA promotion under the sun all in one place. It costs 7.99 per month thereafter.
Also we occasionally talk about Boxing here.
José Aldo (c) vs. Max Holloway (ic)
Cláudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros