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Definition: mixed martial arts from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary

(1990) : a contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques including striking, kicking, and grappling

Summary Article: mixed martial arts
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Combination of several full-contact combat sports, including jiu-jitsu, wrestling, judo, karate, and kickboxing. Seen as a modern form of the ancient Olympic combat sport of pankration (a mixture of boxing and wrestling), its current incarnation can be traced back to the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1993. Fights take place in a ring or cage and usually last for three or five 5-minute rounds. Victory is typically achieved by knockout, submission, or, in the event that there is no clear victor, a decision taken by three judges.

There are various governing bodies for the sport in different parts of the world, though the rules and weight classifications are similar for all. In recent years mixed martial arts has become widely accepted as a mainstream sport, with television audiences generating significant pay-per-view revenues.

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