Modern mixed martial arts competition, or MMA, has only a short history, as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event took place on Nov. 12, 1993. The event is known for featuring the blend of styles and has helped MMA’s popularity grow.
Depending on the mma organization, the rules of mixed martial arts combat may be slightly different. Regardless, Mma is a sport where combatants attempt to either defeat their adversary via stoppage ( SUBMISSION, TKO ) or by decision.Decisions are rendered by judges and are based on the criteria of winning the fight.
MMA matches are characterized by the variety of martial arts styles from which it draws. Specifically, matches often go through a variety of scenarios including stand up fighting (punches, clinch work, knees, kicks, and elbows), throwing or takedowns, and ground fighting (ground control, submissions, and submission defense).
Since MMA fighters come from a variety of backgrounds, their training regimens do differ. However, all successful MMA fighters must train to fight both on the ground and on their feet. Most practice submission fighting, wrestling, and kickboxing to a significant degree due to their past effectiveness in competition.
Another very important aspect to MMA training is conditioning. MMA fighters must be in outstanding shape to fight for what sometimes amounts to 25 minutes over five rounds.