Have you seen the Ultimate Fighting Championship?
If you have, then you already know why this sport uses mixed martial arts.
For those who have no idea, here are some facts you should know about.
Mixed martial arts made its introduction in early 1990’s.
Its growth was very slow at first and it was always both brutal and violent.
In the years that followed, rules were set up which helped gain its popularity among the audience which enabled television channels to broadcast it in the airwaves.
Despite the rules, matches between two fighters are still violent.
Some leave the ring with a broken arm or leg while others have cuts or bruises.
The only good news is that no one has died yet in the ring unlike boxing.
Just to give you an idea, there are at least 11 boxers who die every year.
The reason why you call it mixed martial arts is because a fighter for instance in judo challenges another fighter in another martial art discipline.
The key to winning depends on your technique and your conditioning.
Mixed martial arts are now more popular than boxing or wrestling.
In one show, it made $30 million and the company owned by the Fertita brothers is now worth $700 million.
The athletes who also participate in these matches get paid very well.
One example is Diego Sanchez who was given $7,000 for a fight.
If he won the match, he gets an additional $7,000.
You could earn more depending on your skill.
Top rated fighters can get $200,000 or even more for just one fight.
If you saw the Contender which featured Sylvester Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard and a few up and coming boxers, a mixed martial arts version came out soon after.
Here, amateur fighters are trained by professionals and compete in elimination matches until the last two standing fight for the title of the Ultimate Fighter.
Mixed martial arts has spread throughout the globe.
They are called by different names as well. In Japan, it is called PRIDE.
The ring and the rules may be different but its essence remains the same.
What you see is what you get when two fighters enter the ring.
This means there is no script and everything you see is real.
If a fighter goes down, it is because one fighter was better skilled then than the other.
Mixed martial arts is growing despite the fact that it was once banned in television by Senator McCain.
Experts believe that it will peak in the next 15 to 20 years and who knows; this sport may one day be part of the Olympics.
But despite what you see on television, mixed martial arts is a great form of exercise and it also teaches you about self defense.
This is very useful regardless of your age or gender because criminals attack when they think you are vulnerable.
As a result, a lot of gyms offer classes to their members.
Other benefits of learning mixed martial arts include building your self confidence and making you strong both mentally and physically.
Children can also learn it so they can defend themselves if ever someone at school decides to pick on them which is something that no parent wants their child to experience.