The term MMA is delivered from Mixed Martial Arts, a unique fighting sport which brings together all forms of combat to create an individual sport of its own. Primary styles which are used in MMA include boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian ju-jitsu, judo and karate.
It appears that in a form of Mixed Martial Arts named pankration was a fighting sport in the ancient Greek period. Ancient Greek pankratiasts were worshiped hero warriors including the legends of Arrichion, Dioxxipus, Polydamos and Hercules. Pankration first took place as an official ancient Olympic sport in 648 BC with fights taking place inside a combat stage which had sides of 12 to 14 feet – similar to a small modern day boxing ring. Pankration was the subject of many myths and legends. Many features of pankration now -like modern day MMA. ancient fighter in Roman times often fought in coliseum battles with no arms in a fight to the death, making it a sport with a deep history in human society.
Over the past two decades there has been a important increment in the formalisation of MMA, with organisations taking form to both approve and encourage MMA at the same time. It is a unique feature of MMA, with other combat sports trusting on a promoter to produce events, and a enabling body to recognise world and regional titles.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been the modern day leader in producing, promotion and recognising world champion MMA fighters and mantap168 events. The UFC is directed by president and CEO Dana White. The UFC promotion found it difficult to get events approved by state and international government regulated legislative boards, as MMA was seen as an offensive and almost cannibalistic activity. However when White took over – after convincing business associates to purchase the fledgling business for $2 Million – he transformed both the UFC and the sport of MMA. White made impressive rule changes which made event cards more attractive to state commissions, and encouraged and underscores the athletic capabilities of the fighters, who were doubtless great athletes.
A popular and important part of the growth of modern day Mixed Martial Arts was the production of the reality television series The Ultimate Fighter. The Ultimate Fighter took a behind the scenes look at the life and unique culture of up and coming MMA fighters.
Most MMA contest take place inside a batting cage, which is mainly of octagon formation. This makes the sport exciting and catching for participants, spectators and followers of the sport as it create a coliseum feel like the previous ancient fighter of the Roman era.
MMA is primarily popular in North America and regions of Asia. Recently there has been a growing style for MMA fighters to travel to Thailand to train in Muay Thai to improve powers in this area, as it is becoming of recognized importance.
Modern day Mixed Martial Arts stands alone as an individual sport, with an increasing presence and growing culture. There have been many attempts to migrate boxing and MMA promotions together, however given MMA uniqueness both from a sporting and business perspective it has made it difficult for supporters to become fans of both sports simultaneously.