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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows both striking and grappling, both standing and on ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts.

Men's Competition

Early History 

Modern Sport

Rules

Victory

Victory in a match is normally gained either by the judges' decision after an allotted amount of time has elapsed, a stoppage by the referee or the fight doctor, a submission, by a competitor's cornerman throwing in the towel, or by knockout.

Knockout (KO): as soon as the fighter is unable to continue due to legal strikes, their opponent is declared the winner. As MMA allows submissions and ground and pound, the fight is stopped to prevent further injury to the fighter. Submission; a fighter may admit defeat during a match either by verbal submission or a tap on the opponent's body or mat/floor.

Technical Submission: the referee stops the match when the fighter is caught in a submission hold and is in danger of being injured. Often it is when a fighter gets choked unconscious; other times it is when a bone has been broken in a submission hold.

Technical Knockout (TKO) and a referee may stop a match in progress if: a fighter becomes dominant to the point where the opponent can not intelligently defend themselves and is taking excessive damage as a result, a fighter appears to be a losing consciousness as he/she is being stuck or a fighter to have a significant injury such as a cut or broken bone.

Fighter ranking

Clothing

Fighting area

Common Discliplines

Boxing

Muay Thai

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Judo

Karate

Amateur Wrestling

Taekwondo

Sanshou/Sanda

Strategies

Sprawl-and-Brawl

Ground-and-Pound

Submission Seeking

Score Oriented Fighting

Clinch-Fighting

Women's Mixed Martial Arts

History

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

International Mixed Martial Arts Federation

WMMAA Pan-American Division

Safety

Injury rates

Injury pattern

Mental health

Fatalities

Legality of Professional Competitions