There are many misconceptions about what Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is and how it works.
At its core, what MMA does is take various martial arts and pit them against each other to determine which style is the most effective, or best.
This never ending argument of ‘what martial art is the best’ culminated on November 12, 1993 with the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event.
It changed martial arts forever.
The inception of the UFC had such an impact on martial arts that like Christianity itself, the timeline of martial arts can be viewed as ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ when it comes to the arrival of the UFC.
What the UFC did was force every martial art that claimed to have deadly techniques to put up or shut up.
You could no longer talk about how dangerous your martial art was, you had to prove it, and the UFC became the place to do so.
It changed martial arts forever by moving self-defence techniques from theoretical to practical by testing it in a live environment.
In what shouldn’t have been a surprise to anybody, the martial arts that were regularly practiced as sport including boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, wrestling, Sambo, Judo, and BJJ trumped all other traditional martial arts that were not actively practiced competitively.
While any martial art and practitioner could theoretically become a UFC Champion, after 30 years of testing, MMA has evolved and codified a unique hybrid format which has proven time and time again to be a mixture of three specific styles:
- Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Olympic style Wrestling
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
So much so, that this training has now been integrated into military and law enforcement organisations around the world.
Today, MMA is a fusion of these three formats from which virtually every UFC & MMA Champion has been molded from.
If you’re new to the sport and want to better understand its history and how it all works, we’ve provided a series of entertaining videos that will give you a much better perspective:
- 10 Things Every New MMA Fan Needs To Know
- The History Of Mixed Martial Arts
- The Incredible Story of Kickboxing in MMA
- This Year in UFC History – 1993
- 10 Unbelievable Facts About Early UFCs