It is used to be that boxing was the dominant form of contact sport known to man. The problem though is that it uses only a specific style of combat. This then makes the fighter limited to whatever is the strength of the fighting style trained for. The idea to bring about the best fighting styles into one has pondered martial arts practitioners for years. The legendary Bruce Lee even once said that “the best fighter is someone who can adapt to any method, to be formless, to adopt an individual’s own style and not following a systematical approach” — enter Mixed Martial Arts!
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact sport that allows multiple fighting discipline into one exciting and often bloody, combat competition. Rules are different from traditional boxing, judo or taekwondo competitions, in the sense that fighters are usually not limited to just punches, kicks and throws. It can be simply stated like a no-holds-barred fighting kind of style.
MMA fighters train to get the best of multiple fighting disciplines. It would not be any surprise to find an MMA fighter that has ranking on muay thai, jiu jitsu, boxing or other fighting method. By doing so, a fighter can combine all strengths of these fighting disciplines into one technique and along with his own style; it can truly be called his own style of combat.
On most competition a fighter is just bare-chested and wears shorts to inhibit submission holds and such. Though with some athletic commissions, male fighter are require to wear MMA gears like groin protector, mouth guard and hand wraps.
With women fighter, it is a necessity to wear sports bra or any snug-fitting top and sometimes head gear and gloves. This MMA gears protect the fighter and safe guard the opponent’s well being also.
MMA is fast becoming a known sport. Even with the hardcore fighting, provided with rules, this sport held legal competitions in some states in US, some province in Canada and Sweden. For some areas, competitions are still held illegal. Growing fan of the said sports sometimes rely on different MMA news and update on newspaper or online.