Mixed martial arts, commonly referred to as just MMA is a full-contact combat sport which combines techniques and strategies from a wide range of martial arts and fighting styles. The first use of the word mixed martial arts is said to have been in 1993 on a televised event by Howard Rosenberg.
Fans of the sport like the fast paced nature of the bouts, the intense and often gruelling training needed to compete at the top levels and the release of excitement and adrenaline you can experience even just watching the sport. Critics have claimed that it is too aggressive and promotes, encourages and/or fosters aggression in fans. Some have even gone as far to liken the sport (and similar ones such as traditional or Thai boxing) to cock fighting.
Originally, links between the Ancient Greek Olympic events and MMA can be found. Hand to hand fights were called pankratio, a combination of the words “pan” and “kratos” meaning “all powers“. With eye gouging and biting all that was off limits, the fighters could do as they please.