Mixed Martial Arts, also known as MMA, has been named the fastest growing sports worldwide. The sport is also called ‘cage fighting,’ which is a complete combat sport that includes striking, ground fighting, and various techniques from other martial sports. Bruce Lee popularized the game in the early 1970s.
The rules of MMA have been changed over the years significantly. The amendment took place because the main objective of sports is to protect the health of the fighters and stop the barbaric rules to make the sports legitimate.
Mixed Martial Arts In America
MMA was first introduced in the United States of America during the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the year 1993. The sport is played in an octagon, and the two most important rules to be followed are no biting and no hitting the eye. The UFC has promoted Mixed Martial Arts in the USA ever since it has started.
MMA was considered a barbaric sport and received negative remarks when UFC started promoting it. Later, the rules changed, and MMA fighters were specialized in different forms of martial arts like karate, judo, boxing, jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling.
To be a fighter for MMA, one needs to be an all-rounder. The regular fights of mixed martial arts are of approx three minutes comprising five rounds. The championship fights are of five minutes five rounds.
The growth of MMA has expanded in the USA rapidly at a feverish pace, and most of the people of the age group 18-30 are fans of MMA a lot more than any other sport.
Reasons For The Rise Of MMA In The USA
When the sport MMA initially started, it wasn’t a popular sport and often regarded as highly violent and barbaric, but with the passing time, it has made its place in the sports arena around the globe. Here are the few reasons why MMA popularity has risen in the United States of America:
MMA is a sport of mixed culture, and it invites fighters, irrespective of their gender, to take part in the sport to make a living out of it. There is an increment in the fighters’ weight class, which is also one reason for the popularity of MMA in the USA as people, even though their weight could use the opportunity to be part of MMA.
There is an increased level of understanding of MMA nowadays, and with understanding comes pleasure so, the sport sees a significant rise.
There are a huge number of promotions of MMA by big organizations.
With many channels forecasting the sports on their channels on the weekend expanded the viewership of MMA. Thus, the rise in the USA.
MMA is evolving and rising in popularity which will continue for a long time bringing in more fans in the USA since UFC, and the athletes do a big promotion. MMA is undoubtedly going to stay here for a good time!