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Mixed Martial Arts And UFC Fighting Styles

Updated on June 23, 2012

What Is Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts is a fast past full contact combat sport, where two combatants go face to face using martial art techniques, to win the fight. MMA fighters where small gloves, and they are able to use throws, punches, kicks (low,High) and grappling movements to win a fight. In order for an MMA fighter to be successful he must be adequate in all aspects of the game. The UFC is the most popular mma organization, but there are others, like Bellator, and strike force.


The Stand Up Game

All MMA and UFC fights start standing, where the two fighters leave there respected corner and meet in the center of the cage. Punching, Kicking, Throws, and clinch work are necessary, in fact you can win a fight with a KO; kick, punch, Knee and sometimes a propper Judo Throw.

Stand Up Martial Art Styles

  • Boxing
  • Muay Thai ( Kick Boxing)
  • Karate
  • KIck Boxing
  • Kung Fu
  • Taekwondo

The Ground Game

In Mixed Martial Arts competition, a fighter may win VIA submission. A submissions specialists is very good at grappling and controlling the fight on the ground. In the old days of the UFC it was a brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter by name of Royce Gracie who was crowned the king of MMA. Jiu Jitsu is a submission focused martial art that uses leverage and technique over size and power to win the fight.

Ground Martial Art Styles

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Catch Wrestling
  • Shoot Wrestling
  • Sambo
  • Judo ( throws, Pins)

Key Concepts Of MIxed Martial Arts

  • The Clinch

Dirty boxing is the first thing that comes to mind when mma fighters think of the clinch game. Muay Thai Fighters are great in-side the clinch, where close elbows, knees, and feet sweeps are most common. A mixed martial arts fighter may use the clinch to set up other techniques, or to tire and wear down there opponent.

  • Ground And Pound

The Ground And Pound game is exactly what it sounds like. Some fighters main strategy is to take the fighter to the ground and use strikes, not submissions to win the fight.

  • Sprawl And Brawl

Chuck Liddell was great at this key mma concepts, chuck would stuff and stop a take down defence, and counter with various vicious strikes to Knock out the Fighter.Sprawl and brawl is a concept that mma fighters who are great at the Stand up game use a lot, because it can keep the fight standing,with a great take down defence.

  • Submission And Ground Fighting

The ground game is very important in a mixed martial art competition, because most fights do end up on the ground. a great ground fighter will use his clinch skills to take the fight to the ground and win VIA submission. A ground fighters only purpose is to take the fight to the ground and control his opponent with, wrestling, jiujitsu, or judo style techniques.


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      zombiedamage 5 years ago

      i absolutely love mma. Chuck Liddel was an amazing fighter. like you said he had a great take down defense. i think alot of fighters now have looked at his style and have seen just how effective he was.