MMA or Mixed martial arts is a competitive combative sport that allows full contact of body.
This fighting sport includes use of striking, pulling, pushing and wrestling techniques. MMA fighting challenges are also known as No Holds Barred fighting challenged as there are least possible restrictions on MMA fighters while competing against each other. MMA sportsmen use both standing and on ground wrestling techniques to win against each other. Some of the basic fighting techniques of MMA include taekwondo, Thai boxing; kick boxing, boxing, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Russian Sambo, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other fighting styles.
Modern mixed martial arts have gained huge popularity.
The origin of this challenging combative sport can be found in the history of ancient Olympics of the times of Greek and Roman Empire. In ancient Greece, people enjoyed the challenging competition of Pankration in Olympic Games and this tradition was followed by Romans too. During the early 1900’s, a number of mixed martial arts fighting competitions were held in various parts of Europe, Japan and other parts of the world.
In Brazil, Vale Tudo was developed as mixed martial arts combative sport.
MMA was introduced in the United States in 1993 when Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded by the Gracie family. UFC became the most important MMA promotional company around the world.