MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, and it’s a sport that’s climbing higher to its peak every day as its popularity has massively grown in the recent years. People who were to glimpse at it on TV may mistake it to be a boxing match initially, but will find some key differences. For one, you’ll see them grappling, kicking, fighting still while on the ground, and much more.
The idea behind MMA fighting is to put two fighters in a ring to fight using everything they know in a variety of martial arts. If you were watching it for the first time, then you may even think there aren’t any rules to it. You’d be sorely mistaken as there are many rules still in place to make it a competitive sport that fighters from anywhere in the world can participate in to a safe degree.
That’s also the reason why that they’re always done within the confines of a cage. In wrestling, a cage usually signifies a brutal match where victory was the only escape. This caged style of fighting is ment to excite the crowd with a theatrical experience and help promote tickets ahead of time, and use as a prop. MMA is a sport that takes it more seriously. In MMA, the cage is to keep them from getting injured by getting thrown out of the ring. The fighters who enter it aren’t acting and have been training for a significant portion of their lives to make it in.
To become an MMA fighter isn’t an easy task for any human being to accomplish. There’s no trick or any way to cheat to be a fighter. It takes a massive amount of training and conditioning on a level that only a few other sports arguably reach. Their body is their lives, and the hone it every single day sweating more often than more people experience in their lifetime, and they do it because they love it.
Similar could be said for another fighting sport such as boxing, but MMA adds more extremes, and by its name alone it includes more than just boxing. The fighters who enter the ring are able to enter it because they are skilled in multiple forms of martial arts which may include boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, kick boxing, karate, tae-kwon-do, and any other martial art that’s recognized internationally. There are many fighting forms out there for fighters to train after which leaves nearly endless possibilities when you take two skilled MMA fighters and put them in the ring against each other.
You could put anyone in a ring, and pay them to fight, but there’s a big difference between that and professional fights provided by organizations such as the UFC. That difference is the passion that these fighters have that drives them to become individually the fine-tuned fighting machines that they are. It drives them to keep fighting, and working hard so even if they lose one fight, their fans know there’s a chance of them winning the next. It’s a fast growing sport that’s popular for a very good reason, and one that everyone should check out.