Mixed martial arts combines different fighting styles
Mixed martial arts is a full-contact sport that combines different fighting styles, including karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Vale Tudo, Muay Thai and Brazilian Ju jitsu.
Fighters battle it out in a cage with minimal equipment on. During the matches, mixed martial arts fighters only wear thin gloves, and are barefoot. Fighters are allowed to punch, kick, grab or do anything else to their opponents to win the matches. This stays true to the sports Brazilian fighting roots of Vale Tudo, which translates into English as “anything goes.”
The few rules that the sport does have are similar to boxing and wrestling. Fighters can win a mixed martial arts match by three different ways. A fighter can knockout or hold into submission his opponent, or win by a judge’s decision.
Fighters compete in seven weight classes: bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
In the past 18 years, mixed martial arts MMA has left the underground world and has become mainstream. One of the largest and fastest-growing organizers of mixed martial arts is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. UFC was started in 1993.
UFC credits the increased popularity of mixed martial arts due to their monthly pay-per-view fights, weekly reality television show and yearly broadcasts on the FOX television network. More than 12 live pay-per-view mixed martial arts fights are broadcasted yearly. Fox shows at least four fights a year.
MMA is broadcasted in more than 149 countries.
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One recent exhibition of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be found in this video. This is an impressive display of a real world use of the art (even though it is completely fictionalized). If you haven’t seen it, check this out: