History of MMA Fighting

Mixed Martial Art shortened as a result of MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows both striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts. As the name suggests, MMA fighting involves the combination of different martial art which includes boxing, karate, kick boxing, Kung fu, Tae Kwon Do, catch wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Russian Sambo, Sumo, Wrestling, Judo, Taichung among many others.

MMA fighting is said to have begun about 6000 years ago and was invented by Han Chinese Military Generals in ancient China. So it entailed wrestling and kung-Fu that incorporates grappling techniques combined with kicking, punching, throwing, joint locks, leg sweeps, leg locks and close range trapping techniques to kill enemy soldiers on the battlefield. Mixed martial Art grew over time and in ancient Greece, it was in form of a sport called 'Pankration' which featured a combination of grappling and striking skills finally.

As a result MMA evolves to UFC

Also during the late 1960s to early 1970s, the concept of combining the elements of multiple martial arts was popularized in the West by Bruce Lee via his system of Jeet Kune Do. Lee believed that the best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style. The MMA got much popular after the formation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. The credit of the UFC fights goes to Art Davie, Rorion Gracie, Campbell McLaren and Bob Meyrowitz finally.

The sport gained international exposure and widespread publicity when Jiu-jitsu fighter Royce Gracie won the first UFC fights. Submitting three challenges in a total of just five minutes, sparking a revolution in martial arts. Apart from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there were also other tournaments that sprouted up like the Vale Tudo Japan Tournament, World Vale Tudo championship, Pride Fighting Championship. Also before it was impossible to watch ufc online, but now you can do it from our website and watch all mma fights of ufc.com streaming.