Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is currently the fastest growing sport in the world. Two combatants compete against each other using a mixture of martial arts such as Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Contests last for three five minute rounds (or five rounds for title fights) unless a combatant wins inside the distance by scoring a stoppage or submission. If the bout lasts the distance, a winner is found via the scorecards of the three ringside judges.
Mixed Martial arts (MMA) follows a rich tradition of combat sports dating back to Pankration in the Ancient Olympics and then Vale Tudo (Anything Goes) in Brazil in the 20th century. In 1993 The Ultimate Fighting Championships brought the sport in to the modern era with a tournament featuring the most skilled athletes from across the martial arts disciplines including Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mixed Martial Arts then hit the mainstream with the success of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality TV series.