Mixed Martial Arts

"Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret"

How it became

In general all martial art styles and all of their history have lead us to what we now know as mixed martial arts, MMA. People testing their fighting skills on others has been around for ever, even before it could be recorded. But in more recent time there has been people who have full combat sports. One example is in 1887 there was a fight against boxing champion John L. Sullivan vs. Greco-Roman wrestling champion William Muldoon. In late 1800's England had mixed fighting styles pop up. In the early 1900's it began to pop up in a variety of places. Out of all of the MMA fighters, wrestlers have done very well in fights. But, many people wondered what martial art is the best way to win. With that question there was a one day tournament with four different fighting styles. This fight had many different rules than what we have today, for example there was no time limits or weight classes, and each fighter had a different martial arts background. When UFC first came out some people thought it was to bloody for people to watch. With the show being hated by some political figures they were able to take the show off the air. Later the show came back on, it was not bloody and had safer rules for the fighters. For instance, only until 1997 gloves were not needed in matches, and there were no time limits. From the beginning until now, MMA has changed over the course of time.

Royce Gracie

  • Champion of first UFC fight. His speciality is in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • He is the most important figure in the development of mixed martial arts fighting.
  • 5% Striking
  • 17% Takedowns
  • 77% Submissions
  • Record: 13-2-2


  • Late 1800's ~ England had MMA style fights sprout up.
  • Early 1900's ~ Mixed styles of fighting sprouted in a variety of places.
  • November 12, 1993 ~ First UFC fight takes place.
  • October 17, 1995 ~ Time limits were placed on matches.
  • July 26, 1997 ~ Gloves were now necessary to be worn in matches.
  • September 1, 1997 ~ Senator John McCain ran a campaign against them.
  • October 16, 1997 ~ The rules are now changed for the matches.
  • May 12, 1998 ~ UFC goes lightweight.
  • October 15, 1998 ~ First lightweight title match
  • September 1, 1999 ~ The ten point scoring system is integrated into the UFC.
  • June 25, 2001 ~ After UFC having to no longer show the fights. They show there first UFC fight.
  • November 16, 2012 ~ Ronda Rousey is signed as first UFC female fighter.
  • December 11, 2013 ~ UFC signs 11 more females for the 115-pound division.

Ronda Rousey

  • Most Popular UFC female fighter
  • 13% Striking
  • 33% Takedowns
  • 54% Submissions
  • Record: 12-1-0

Popularity Boost

There was a popularity boost in 2001 because of Dana White, and the Ferrito brothers. They took a sport that people saw as a "bloody sport", and they brought back a version of the sport but a "clean" one. People now saw this sport as enjoyment, instead of just a blood bath.

Demetrious Johnson

  • Champion Flyweight
  • Most Takedowns in UFC Flyweight History
  • Shortest Male Fighter
  • Quick Striking
  • Elusive Movement
  • 55% Take Downs
  • 33% Striking
  • 12% Submissions

Economic Impact

Ever since the UFC had its first event it has brought in a lot of money. Every weekend that there is a fight going on the impact on spending increases. The economic impact is affected because when the fights are going on gambling increases and so does the business in bars to see the fights. Even with people going to see the fights, there are still a ton of people paying for pay per view and watching it at there house. When there are fights going on people travel from other cities or states to go see the show, and they spend money on gas. They also spend money on plane tickets and hotels to see the show. People get intrigued by the sport and want to do it for themselves, so they take classes to learn.

Social Impact

With people going and seeing fights they tend to interact with each other. Some people even have parties for all of their friends to watch the fight together. People have become more social thanks to this sport because watching this gives people something to do together. Also, this sport teaches kids discipline, and hardwork. They also learn that you have to work hard in order to win. The kids would also to learn how to be confident, with every fight that they won they would gain more confidence and not just in fighting but in life as well.

Political Impact

Many political figures did not like the idea of having a sport like this on air that people can watch. One of the political figures , John McCain, started a campaign to close down the fights. One reason for the campaign was so that people did not see the show because it was so bloody and almost a fight to the death. The campaign became so popular that UFC ended up having to be off the air. You could not even buy one of the shows. But after some time off the show it came back, and it is now even more popular than ever.