How MMA has evolved with the influence of promotions and rules

As the already popular of mixed martial arts continues to grow, there are many new fans are being attracted all the time. This is why MMA is becoming the fastest growing sport in the world.

Mixed martial arts is a full contact combat sport. It involves stand up striking and grappling on the ground. Various martial arts techniques are implemented along with other combat sports techniques. Common disciplines from various martial arts and Olympic sports which are incorporated into MMA include Boxing, Kick-boxing, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling and Judo.

How MMA has evolved

The whole idea of the first UFC was to identify which martial art was the best and most effective. UFC 1 had martial artists that exclusively practiced their martial art. They had martial artists from Boxing, Kickboxing, Kempo, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu and even Sumo wrestling backgrounds.

Now in MMA it is common for fighters to train more than one martial art or fighting style. This is in order to minimize their weakness in the octagon. The most commonly trained martial arts are boxing BJJ and wrestling to give fighters a solid base to compete in all areas of MMA.

Rounds are five minutes in length and there are typically three rounds in a contest unless it’s a championship fight (or a non-title UFC main event), in which case, the contest lasts five rounds.

What are the leading MMA organizations?

Mixed Martial Arts is the name of the sport. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the name of the premier organization.

A common thing to hear from uneducated MMA fans is that they train UFC. UFC is the name of an MMA organization, whereas MMA is the name of the sport. This organization has been a key factor in MMAs growing popularity.

The UFC has been very successful in marketing their brand and being viewed across the world as the leading promotion in MMA. It has been broadcasted in over 145 countries worldwide and is the largest pay per view event provider in the world. However, there are other popular MMA organizations such as Bellator Fighting Championships and Strikeforce in the states, OneFC Asia and Cage Fighting Championships across Europe. Many of these well respected MMA organizations were starting point platforms for many current UFC fighters.

MMA has no rules!

A common misconception is that MMA has no rules, however, it has many rules which many of the promotions adopt to protect fighters and to regulate the sport.

These strict rules enforce judging and fouls and also other specifications such as the size of the fighting arena, fight lengths among many other things.  A fight can finish in many ways such as submission, technical knockout (TKO), the judge’s decision, technical draw, no contest or even forfeit. It is recommended to read the rules in order to gain a full understanding of the sport.