Mixed Martial Arts better known as MMA is a full body contact sport that allows a variety of different fighting skills, with the skills and techniques being used from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions. The rules within mixed martial arts allow the use of both grappling and striking techniques; and these techniques can be used while on the ground or standing.
The roots of Mixed Martial Arts can be traced back to the early 1900s. Mixed Martial Arts can be traced back to several different various mixed styles contest that were taking place throughout Europe, North America and Japan.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded in 1993, and with the founding of this the modern Mixed Martial Arts competitions were created. Although this was founded in 1993 there is some evidence that professional Mixed Martial Arts events were already being held in 1989 in Japan. Mixed Martial Arts was originally organised with the intentions of trying to find the most effective martial arts for unarmed combat situations in real life. The aim was to place competitors against one and other with minimal rules for their safety. Later on in the history of the sport more rules were adopted to ensure better safety for the competitors. By doing this it was hoped that it would introduce the sport to be a safer sport and to try and promote the mainstream of the sport. Mixed Martial Arts has seen a huge increased in popularity and has been rivalling other sports to become level or more popular than them. The increased popularity in MMA/UFC has seen the numbers paying for pay per view to watch the sport has now seen it rival with sports such as boxing and professional wrestling.
The sport has had some many great fighters and it is believed that the following are the top Mixed Martial Arts fighters of all time. The top ten are; 1. Fedor Emelianenko 2. Randy Couture 3. Royce Gracie 4. Bas Rutten 5. Matt Hughes 6. Kazushi Sakauraba 7. Chuck Liddell 8. BJ Penn 9. Dan Henderson and 10. Ken Shamrock. Although these are the top 10 Mixed Martial Fighters of all time there are believed to be different weight divisions to compete in such as heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight.
Betting on Mixed Martial Arts is not the easiest to do. Some guides help you to know everything about MMA betting. ufcbettingonline.com is one of them. It is believed that only a few bookmakers will take bets in their stores with some not even offering the possibility of betting as some deem that it is not a sport. Some bookmakers though may not offer it in their stores but they will offer it online. When it is possible to bet on the sport it seems that the only way to bet on it would be to bet on the individual fights with the only bet being available is to bet on the fight outright.