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About mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a versatile full-contact combat sport that allows use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground from many different disciplines. . The origins of this sport date back to the Ancient Olympics in Greece where the earliest documented form of organized freestyle fighting known as Pankration took place. The explosive world-wide popularity of MMA began in 1993 when the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—the Gracie family brought the a form of freestyle fighting known as Vale Tudo to the United States of America with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Before multiple styles of martial arts were mixed together as seen presently in MMA, the early UFC tournaments featured style versus style, to determine which martial arts were more effective than others. Disciplines that did not prove as useful were widely discarded by fighters as the sport evolved over the next few decades. Likewise other styles that provde to be dominant such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, and Judo, have universally become the main focus of fighters.