MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is truly one of today's fast growing sports and has become one of the most exciting and dynamic full contact combat sports in the world. Mixed martial arts is basically a game where boxers, kick boxers, wrestlers, karate masters, ninjas and other similar fighters of any fighting discipline compete under highly contested rules which allow high kicking, punching, submission hold and grappling.
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is truly one of today's fast growing sports and has become one of the most exciting and dynamic full contact combat sports in the world. Mixed martial arts is basically a game where boxers, kick boxers, wrestlers, karate masters, ninjas and other similar fighters of any fighting discipline compete under highly contested rules which allow high kicking, punching, submission hold and grappling. The ultimate aim of all mixed martial arts fighters is to incapacitate their opponent through superior fitness, stamina, agility and skill. Mixed martial artists use techniques from several different fighting styles to inflict damage on their opponents; these techniques are then followed up with a barrage of spectacular, often spectacular, combinations.
The UFC is the only professional organization to have brought mixed martial arts to the masses. The UFC began in the early 1990s and was actually founded by a pair of talented young men who had fought professionally in various organizations. They created a fighting league to appeal to amateur and professional fighters alike and have been extremely successful in their endeavor. It is not just a competition though, because some of the matches can be very exciting and some fighters are actually considered stars. The UFC has several championships ranging from the amateur ranks all the way up to the highest level of professional play.
The UFC consists of twelve separate weight classes and each of these classes has its own unique rules governing how fights are to take place. The fighters compete according to the rules of their weight class and those of their opponents. There is no referee, in order to keep the fights fair, so all fighters are allowed to utilize whatever techniques they feel comfortable with, provided these techniques do not affect the balance, health or safety of the other fighter or the spectators watching the match.
The MMA rules do allow fighters to apply certain motions that might help them get an advantage during the fight or when the bout is over. Such things as neck locking or throwing an opponent to the ground can be used to take the fight to the mat and either earn a knockout or submission victory. In a match, there are generally four to eight rounds of action; however, some matches have ten rounds or more.
The first round of a mixed martial arts match is called the 'activity'. During this round, the referee will call out a starter 'stage' to both fighters. The stage is usually a neutral ground where both fighters stand toe to toe. The referee will then give the fighters a few minutes to engage in activity. The time limit is purely for the purpose of allowing the fighters to engage in striking or grappling without taking their attention off their opponent.
Once the fighters have had their break, the referee will again begin to call out the fighters standing. They are required to remain within 'range' of their opponent but cannot hit their opponent. If either fighter tries to hit their opponent, a point will be scored. The scoring is based solely on who lands the more strikes in their fight. The judges may also score points based on whether the fighters attempt to kick their opponents, use elbows or punches when fighting.
The main event of most MMA events is a championship match, and the winner is the fighter with the most successful record. The bouts that feature a title bout are widely watched by an audience of millions each week.