Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport in which a wide variety of fighting techniques are used, including striking, grappling takedowns and submissions.

Modern MMA tournaments emerged a s a popular phenomenon in 1993 with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. MMA is based on a concept of pitting different fighting disciplines against each other in competition. There are minimal rules in place, in an attempt to determine which discipline is more effective in a realistic as possible combat situation. For the safety of the athletes and to promote acceptance of the sport, MMA events implemented additional rules in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since this change, the sport has grown rapidly to the point of setting multiple pay-per-view records.

The history of the moern MMA event can be traced to the Gracie family's vale tudo martial arts tournaments in Brazil starting in the 1920s, and eraly MMA matches hosted by Antonio Inoki in Japan in the 1970s. The concept of combining various combat disciplines gained popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of Bruce Lee and his theories of mixing various martial art styles. The sport gained international exposure and widespread publicity in the United States in 1993, when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Royce Gracie dominated the Ultimate Fighting Championship, sparking a revolution in the martial arts, while in Japan the continued interest in the sport resulted in 1997's creation of the PRIDE Fighting Championships. 

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