We all know what is martial arts?
Either we have seen it in a movie or played a video game.
Have you ever thought about, how it feels to be a martial artist? It is a bit complicated. Mixed martial arts (MMA) comes from the combination of various self-defense practices like Japanese Ju Jitsu, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Capoeira, Aikido, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and Thai Boxing. The words mentioned above are hard to understand. At least some of the highlighted words you might have heard.
Mixed martial arts are referred sometimes to as cage fighting. It is a sport that involves full body contact with striking, grappling, and ground fighting. Both male and female players follow this sport but, matches only go against equal genders. The sport takes place in an MMA ring which is an Octogon shaped arena blocked with steel cages covering around them.
MMA is a sport that is well known all around the world but is not considers in the Olympics. The biggest reason MMA is not in the Olympics is that the world’s best MMA fighters are not going to back off from their professional careers to train for a series of fights that won’t pay them anything.
Some say MMA is Known as manslaughter. Well, could be another good reason why it is not held in the Olympics? But with proper rules and regulations, it is possible for MMA to enter the Olympics.
Soo MMA fans start praying now if you want to see Jon Jones in his USA shorts entering the Olympic MMA ring.
Speaking of Jon Jones, he is one of the best MMA fighters seen in Ultimate fighting championship (UFC) matches. what Jones says about MMA is “you will never know what twists and turns life will throw at you but, if you keep continuing to elevate with it no matter how hard it pushes you, it will take you to the victory you deserve. And that’s MMA. Something great from a man who is fearless and strong to learn in life.
So MMA is dangerous, but it has some rules which will not kill you when you’re in the ring. Most of the rules are about attacking strategies fighters use to play the sport. some of them are,
- No groin attacks.
- No knees to the head on a grounded opponent.
- No strikes to the back of the head or the spine.
- No head butts. (Sorry, soccer fans.)
- No eye-gouging.
- No fish hooking.
- No fingers in an opponent’s orifices. (Eww!)
- No biting.
- No hair pulling. (Besides, that’s so second grade.)
- No strikes or grabbing of the throat.
- No manipulation of the fingers or toes.
- No intentional grabbing of the ring or cage.
- No intentional throwing off your opponent outside of the ring or cage.
(That stuff belongs in professional wrestling.)
Looks a little funny but also scary.
A MMA match consists of 5 rounds with each round, not more than 5 minutes. Players will enter the arena and start with the call from the referee. With the rules mentioned above, players fight furiously to knock out the opponent. Knock out is the obvious way an MMA match ends.
Other than the knock out a match can end by,
Decision. If a fight lasts all rounds, the outcome is decided by three judges. Each fighting promotion has a unique point system.
Disqualification (DQ).Think of this as a sort of “three strikes and you’re out” policy. Each time a fighter engages in an illegal move, he receives a warning. After three warnings, he’s disqualified. A DQ can also be called if a fighter has been injured by an illegal move that seemed intentional.
Forfeit. A fighter can announce a forfeit before a match begins if he’s injured.
No contest. If both fighters violate the rules, or if a fighter is injured by an unintentional illegal action, a no-contest call can result. No contest is rarely called in MMA fights.
Submission. If one fighter achieves a submission hold, the fighter trapped in the hold can call defeat by tapping out on his opponent’s body or the mat, or by making a verbal announcement. Some defeated fighters fail to tap out and become incapacitated. In such cases, the referee calls an end to the fight.
Technical knockout (TKO). A technical knockout, when a fight is ended by the referee, doctor, or fighter’s corner, can be called in a few ways. The referee can call one when a fighter is no longer defending himself, usually due to an effective attack by his opponent.
MMA is a great sport which is admired by millions of fans around the world and it could one day appear in the Olympics too. However, the day which MMA will be a sport in the Olympics, it will win the hearts of many sporting fans.