UFC The Future of Mixed Martial Arts

June 19, 2010 by  
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Ultimate Fighting has taken the world by storm, and I believe that it is the future of mixed martial arts. With UFC fighting you get to watch many different styles of fighting combat against each other from boxing to grapplers you get to see who is the best fighter in the world.

I love to watch ultimate fighting because it gives me a chance to analyze which types of fighting styles are the best. As a teenager I was heavy into kickboxing, and latter started Thai Boxing training as well. But, if I could pick one style of fighting that I think is the most beneficial in Mixed Martial Arts combat it would be jujitsu. Jujitsu fighters learn to pin down their opponents, and place them in holds such as an arm bar and make them submit the fight. I think with the set up of the UFC network this is the most influential style of fighting, and leads more people to victories than any other.

If I were in ultimate fighting today I would spend 90 percent of my training learning Thai boxing and Brazilian Jujitsu. I personally think with this combination of fighting styles it would make you an unstoppable force in the cage. The true greats in mixed martial arts learn to master several styles of fighting instead of depending upon just one.

One of the things I believe draws people to UFC fights is the pure violence involved in a fight. When you watch a ultimate fighting match you are getting to see grown men fight with gloves that are barley thick enough to cover their knuckles, and they can throw knees, elbows, shin kicks, leg kicks, and place people in submission holds. This is pure adrenaline at its peek.

It is interesting to me to watch Mixed Martial Arts turn into a multi billion dollar industry with the UFC network. Some UFC fights make more than forty million dollars for one night on pay per view. This is an astronomical figure, and there has been nothing like it since the Mike Tyson days.

I do not believe that we have seen the peak of UFC fighting but rather we are just starting to see the beginning of this great sport take off. With Tap Out and other camps coming out of the wood works it is causing rivalry and the public is eating it up. It has truly set itself as the Super Bowl of fighting. With more and more sponsors jumping on the UFC bandwagon I believe the best is yet to come.

One final note is that this sport has only been around for a few years, just think about when the younger teenagers and children start training and start to see fighter come up with skills beyond our belief. I personal love to watch the adrenaline pack fighting that come from a ultimate fighting battle, and I believe there are millions of others that feel the same way that will keep this great sport alive.

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Nothing New Under the Sun: Mixed Martial Arts Bears Striking Resemblance to Ancient Greek Pankration

June 19, 2010 by  
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A lot can change in 2,650 years. Apparently, though, when it comes to sports, everything old is new again. At least when it comes to the sport that boasts the fastest-growing popularity in the U.S. today: Mixed Martial Arts.

But whether you call it Mixed Martial Arts or Ultimate Fighting, this sport is far from modern. Combining Greco-Roman wrestling with a variety of martial arts techniques, the sport closely resembles the free-form ancient Greek competitive sport of pankration.

Dating back to 648 B.C., when it was introduced into the Olympics, the sport of pankration was bound by two rules: no eye gouging and no biting. Sounds like the rules my Kindergarten teacher established. Beyond that, though, anything was fair game in this competition, whose name comes from two Greek words: pan, meaning “all”; and kratos, meaning “powers.”

With individual matches often lasting hours (and sometimes resulting in the death of one or both combatants), the game quickly became the most popular Olympic sport.

Its popularity declined at the time of the rise of the Roman Empire, when other combat sports began taking precedence. In the modern Western World, boxing and wrestling grew in popularity while in the East, traditional martial arts flourished.

Flash forward to the 1900s. Twenty-one-year-old Brazilian Carlos Gracie, who was trained in judo by renowned Japanese champion Mitsuyo Maeda, began teaching his four brothers the art as it was taught to him. In 1925, Carlos and younger brother Helio moved to Rio de Janeiro, where they opened a jiu-jitsu studio and instituted the “Gracie Challenge,” taking on all who wished to compete against them. Begun as a means of drawing attention to their newly opened academy, the Gracie Challenge drew fighters in disciplines ranging from karate and other martial arts to boxing, capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian fighting form) and even wrestling.

Prospective fighters – and hordes of spectators – began to flock to these matches; before long, they were drawing such enormous crowds, the matches had to be held in the largest Brazilian soccer arenas. Eventually, the sport (known as vale-tudo, the Portuguese term for “anything goes”) had grown to become the second most popular sport in Brazil, right behind soccer (a status that is still maintained today).

From 1935 to 1951, 135-pound Helio Gracie fought and defeated in excess of 1,000 competitors in this unarmed combat form; many of his opponents outweighed him by more than 100 pounds.

In 1993, MMA took on a new dimension with the institution of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, based on Brazilian vale-tudo (which California salesman Art Davie learned from Helio’s son Rorito in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school two years earlier).

Derided as “human cockfighting,” the no-holds-barred fighting style was often said to be more brutality than sporting competition. Today, MMA and UFC are growing in popularity, with UFC expanding beyond its early pay-per-view audiences and gaining greater exposure on regular U.S. and Canadian cable television.

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Mixed Martial Arts Stand-Up Style

June 19, 2010 by  
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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full, contact sport which includes techniques such as striking and grappling. This sport can serve as a workout that helps improve many different areas of your body. There are different styles in mixed martial arts and the stand-up style helps improve your punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing and footwork techniques.


A strike is an attack with a part of your body or with an object such as a weapon. Punches, kicks and headbutts are all forms of strikes. Although, headbutts are prohibited in many MMA organizations because of the amount of harm it can cause a person. Your back, hips, forearms, shoulders, wrists and fingertips can also be used for striking in some martial arts. Judo and wrestling are sports that do not employ striking.


Grappling is controlling an opponent without the use of striking. You would use gripping and handling in order to control your opponent. There are various hold attempts such as grappling holds and choke holds.


There are various nicknames for the different styles of mixed martial arts. The sprawl-and-brawl is a stand-up fighting method that focuses on striking and avoids ground fighting. Ground fighting is when both combatants are on the ground in hand-to-hand combat. In a sprawl-and-brawl, combatants use sprawls to defend against takedowns. The sprawl is executed by scooting your legs backwards in order to land on the upper back of your opponent undertaking the takedown. A takedown is a term used in combat sports and martial arts for a technique that off-balances your opponent and brings him or her to the ground. In a takedown, you should be the one that lands on top.

Sprawl-and-brawlers are usually boxers, kickboxers, Thai boxers and full-contact karate fighters. They are trained in wrestling and try to avoid takedowns and keep the fight standing. This style is very different from regular kickboxing styles. The sprawl-and-brawler must adjust his or her techniques to incorporate ground fighting and takedown defense.

Stand-Up Grappling (Clinching)

In stand-up grappling, two combatants start fighting from a stand-up position. The aim and purpose of this style varies depending on the combat sport or martial art you want to do. Stand-up grappling can be offensive such as it is in wrestling or Judo, but it can also be defensive as it is in Aikido.

Stand-up grappling revolves around throws and takedowns. A throw is another martial arts term for grappling where you cause your opponent to be off-balance or you lift your opponent up and toss him or her to the ground. In some sports, the fight is over once the combatant has fallen down.

For MMA, some fighters train in multiple styles with multiple coaches or train in teams. Some important parts of an MMA fighter’s training include flexibility, speed drills, strength training and energy system training.

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Mixed Martial Arts Continues to Grow in Popularity

June 19, 2010 by  
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There once was a time when boxing ruled the sports landscape. The heavyweight champion was the most feared and famous athlete on the planet. Boxers like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Mike Tyson were household names throughout the world.

However, over the last decade, a sport with history and honor has lost its popularity to upstart sports like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The decline of elite fighters in the heavyweight division and the lack of knockouts have led many young men to look for action and excitement in sports like MMA.

Because of the decline of boxing, mixed martial arts has taken over and has become the sport of choice for the age 18-34 demographic and put the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on course to join the ranks of elite sports leagues like the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

MMA resounds with 18-34 (year olds) because that age range has a shorter attention span than other age groups. They buy video games, fast cars, cool clothes, all on credit because they want it now. They want instant gratification. In the UFC, the normal bout consists of three five-minute rounds, said long-time fan George Sorrell, 35, of Houston.

MMA is an intense and evolving combat sport in which competitors use interdisciplinary forms of fighting that include jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other techniques to their strategic and tactical advantage in a supervised match.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship began in 1993, but mixed martial arts dates back to the Olympic Games in Athens, according to the UFC. About 80 years ago, a Brazilian form of MMA known as Vale Tudo (anything goes) sparked local interest in the sport. Now that interest is felt throughout the world as the UFC now offers 12 to 14 live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers.

Recently, a UFC event in Columbus, Ohio attracted more than 19,000 people, the largest audience in North America to witness a mixed martial arts event. More than 4.7 million viewers tuned in to see UFC 75, the first ever title bout on Spike TV. On a Saturday night, it outdrew college football among young men.

Viewers of UFC 75 saw Quinton Rampage Jackson defeat Dan Henderson to unify the UFC and PRIDE titles in the 205-lb weight-class. Cheick Kong defeated Mirko Cro Cop and Houston Alexander knocked out Alessio Sakara in one minute of the first round. In the title fight, Jackson became the first man to unify a major title with a five-round victory. Judges scored the bout 48-47 and 49-46 twice for Memphis, Tenn. native.

Fans attribute the success of the UFC to clever marketing such as the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” because fans can become acquainted with the athletes and begin to follow their careers. The million-dollar question is why are violent sports so popular among young men?

I suppose I like it for the same reason you rubber-neck at a traffic accident. You want to see how bad it can get. You want to see how bad the knockout will be or how slick a submission will be. You want to speculate what you might do in a similar circumstance, said Sorrell.

To many fans, mixed martial arts have already surpassed boxing in popularity, and some feel it will not be long before it is on par with mainstays like football, baseball and basketball. Questionable decisions and a lack of star quality have led to the UFC regularly outperforming boxing in its pay-per-view intake. With such quick success, it seems as if the UFC will soon revival the three big sports leagues in popularity and profit.

And for those who have not yet caught the MMA bug, Sorrell asks them to watch the reality show from the beginning. The UFC packages the fights amidst bad blood while living with each other and training with each other. Also going online and watching some of the signature fights helps. I would also ask them to watch a pay-per-view event or a free night on Spike TV.

After watching one fight, the UFC is certain that it will not be the last.

After attending the very first UFC event in 1993, Steve Doss became an avid fan of this new sport. He also teaches Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Self Defense in Austin, TX at Premier Martial Arts http://www.pmaaustin.com

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Toronto Mixed Martial Arts Clothing Company Sponsors Female Mma Fighter Liz Posener

June 19, 2010 by  
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December 17, 2006

Press Release – Toronto Ontario – Mixed Martial Arts clothing company Submit Gear Inc is proud to announce their sponsorship of Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Liz Posener.

Liz is a 31 year old mother of two, who studies Pankration and Muay Thai kickboxing at the Kel Lee’s Academy of Martial Arts in Vancouver, BC, owned by her husband Simon. She entered the mixed martial arts scene five years ago, but her love for the sport began at a young age.

Her first exposure to contact fighting was watching boxing with her father. From there, her interests expanded onto grappling and other contact sports.

In the Posener household, martial arts is truly a way of life. Liz is married to a former PNW Pro Pankration Champion, and North American Pro Muay Thai Champion. Their 10 year-old daughter Lydia is not only her biggest fan, but she also trains and competes in kick boxing herself.

Like other practitioners of the sport, Elizabeth had to deal with stereotypes and misconceptions from day one.

“When I talk to other parents they’re usually surprised that a mother of two does this kind of thing, but that comes from people not knowing enough about what mixed martial artists do”, Posener said. “ It’s not just two people beating each other in a cage.”

Today, Elizabeth is one of the few female MMA fighters in Canada and has achieved several sponsors in her support. “She is without a doubt making her mark in the MMA world” says urban fight apparel company (http://www.SubmitGear.com) owner Mark Chiappino.

She was the first female fighter to compete in both the “Elite Fighting Championships” and the “Real Fighting Championships”. Her current MMA record is 3-1-0, all wins by TKO.

Elizabeth will be fighting in Florida’s first women’s MMA title fight on December 22, 2006 for the UFC (Unified Cage Fights) bantamweight mma title. Following that event, will be another title fight in the “Gladiators Challenge” on January 26th, 2007.

Who says women can’t fight?

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Submit Gear is a Toronto-based on-line company specializing in Urban Mixed Martial Arts fight apparel. Through our products and sponsorship programs, we are proud to support the best sport in the world, and more importantly, the martial artists who make it all happen.

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The History of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

June 19, 2010 by  
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Mixed Martial Arts is all about using any move or technique learned in basically any martial art to defeat an opponent, therefore it can be difficult to place its exact creation or inception in history. Of course, the earliest contact sport or martial art with very few rules (or a no holds barred concept) was called pankration and was started in Greece around the year 648 B.C., taking its place among other sports in the Olympic Games.

It can be safely said that while pankration may have been the parent sport of other full-contact combat styles, it was too early a form to have any direct influence itself. However, it has taken on many techniques from the sports and martial arts that pankration had spawned.

Wrestling is one of its greatest influencers and to the untrained eye, a Mixed Martial Arts competition or match can be mistaken for a modern wrestling match. It was during the late 1800′s that wrestling and boxing became popular and participants such as John L. Sullivan and William Muldoon were well known for some of their no holds barred antics.

Because of this, many people held anything goes matches and more often than not, the wrestler won. In Europe, Jiu Jitsu versus boxing matches were held, and sometimes, it was boxing versus other styles as well. There was definitely a demand for both people who wanted to study Mixed Martial Arts and observers who wanted to watch competitions for sport or show.

Not surprisingly, a major catalyst in the creation of Mixed Martial Arts was the one and only Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee formed his own styles by making use of different styles such as Karate, fencing, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and more to allow him to use what he felt were the best defenses and the best attacks from each martial art. In addition to Bruce Lee, a prominent figure is a man by the name of Royce Gracie who in 1993 won the very first Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was after this that it gained a heavy cult following and began to spark interest across the globe.

As Mixed Martial Arts became more and more prominent, competitions and matches became commonplace in both the martial arts world and the entertainment industry. Students learned to borrow moves and techniques from each other to help each other discover what the best and most useful defenses and attacks were. Of course, a student must be trained in several different forms before they are ready to compete in a match or competition. The popularity and recognition that it has received thus far shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, in fact, the sport is becoming increasingly attractive to both spectators and students of Mixed Martial Arts.

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How to Get Quality MMA Training From a Mixed Martial Arts School

June 19, 2010 by  
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Interested in MMA Training from a mixed martial arts school? Learn about what to look for in deciding on where and how to get Mixed Martial Arts training that is both affordable and high quality.

MMA also known as “Mixed Martial Arts” is like the name suggests, a combination of various martial arts. MMA Training has become very popular in today’s fighting techniques. More and more people are becoming interested in the idea of mixed martial arts. But how does one decipher the difference between a good or “not so good” MMA school? Below are tips for finding a top-rated MMA training school and how to get the best results doing so.

1. First and foremost, do a search engine search to find the best schools in your area. For example you could search for ” MMA Training Portland Oregon ” or ” Portland Oregon Mixed Martial Arts Schools ” if you lived in the Portland Oregon area. This can help you narrow down atleast who is online. Check out the reviews and press releases on the various schools available online.

2. Secondly, most MMA training schools have a “about the instructor” page. When looking at this page, determine whether or not you feel that this instructor has been in martial arts long enough to know what he or she is doing and make a decision there. You may want to add these different websites to your favorites for future reference. Completely go through their website and get a feel for what they are really about and what kind of services they offer and what kind of prices they have. Does their website have a “contact us” page? Set up a list of questions and contact the instructor so he or she can answer any questions you may have concerning their school.

3. Do they offer variety and a well-balanced training schedule? Look for the various qualities you would like to have in a Mixed Martial Arts School and how they can apply to you. Consider calling the instructor to get a feel for whether or not the classes are right for you.

4. Contact or no contact? If you are interested in no, medium, or high level of contact in traing, this is an extremely important question to ask before getting involved.

5. Consider what sort of fitness training is going to be provided. Can the classes offer to a wide variety of fitness levels? Do they offere a variety of classes and or “focuses” in their training schedule?

6. If nothing else, try a MMA training school out for a month or two. If it doesn’t suite you, then you can always go somewhere else. Sometimes it takes time to learn whether or not a school and its instructors are a good match for you. So keep this in mind that sometimes you have to “taste test” to really get a feel for what you want in a mixed martial arts school.

These steps can help you indentify and narrow down your search for a quality Mixed Martial Arts School and to help you get the best MMA training available in your local area.

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Mixed Martial Arts (mma) Madness

June 19, 2010 by  
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Mixed Martial Arts

While browsing ESPN, you spot what seems like a boxing match, until suddenly opponents start to kick one another. The next thing you know, the two fighters are on the ground, striking one another. Welcome to the exciting and increasingly popular arena of mixed martial arts (also known as MMA). You may think this is the next wave in martial arts entertainment, but this combat sport has actually been around since the Olympic games in 648 BC.

What to Expect During a Match

Mixed martial arts uses three different phases of fighting – stand-up, clinch and ground. Stand-up fighting incorporates boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo (from Russia), as well as Judo are used in the clinch phase of fighting. The ground phase of fighting is characterized by Brazilian Jui-Jitsu (focuses on positioning), shoot wrestling, catch wrestling, Judo, as well as Sambo.

Fighting techniques that you may encounter during a MMA competition includes kicks, punches, knees, pinning holds, sweeps, takedowns, throws, some elbowing, as well as hand-to-hand combat. A win is typically awarded through the decision of a judge. Matches are timed, therefore, the decision comes after the allotted time has passed. Other circumstances that end a fight include referee stoppage, fight doctor decision, submission, cornerman throwing in the towel and of course, a knockout.

The Mixed Martial Arts of Today

The kind of fighting techniques associated with the mixed martial arts of today deals with a combination of different professional fighting styles. Most commonly, a fighter started training in one specific arena of fighting and later decided to branch off into other styles of combat. The main styles of fighting include sprawl-and-brawl, clinch-and-pound and ground-and-pound.

Sprawl-and-brawl is a stand-up fighting approach that utilizes striking and purposefully avoids fighting on the ground. This type of fighter usually has a strong background in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai or karate. To fight in this style, MMA fighters have undergone training in wrestling. Well-known mixed martial artists connected to this approach include Chuck Liddell, Maurice Smith and Phil Barconi.

Clinch-and pound uses clinch fighting tactics characterized by a clinch hold. While a fighter holds an opponent so that they cannot move, they will often strike the body using their knees, or other dirty boxing moves. Most of these fighters started wrestling before incorporating boxing techniques. Don Frye, Dan Henderson and Randy Couture are familiar with this style of fighting.

Ground-and-pound involves the taking down or throwing of an opponent. The next step is to get into the dominant position, attacking with strikes. Wrestlers usually turn to this type of fighting, which has been used by the likes of Mark Coleman, Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz.

Since there are so many different styles of MMA combat associated with mixed martial art, you may think that there is nothing a fighter can do to their opponent. In actuality, there are several fouls connected to this sport. A fighter are not allowed to head-butt, eye gouge, pull the hair, bite, attack the groin or strike the back of the head or kidneys of an opponent.

MMA Organizations

Bringing the exciting world of mixed martial arts fighting to the public are several different organizations that all have their own specific rules and regulations. One of the most well known, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – http://www.martialartspride.com – tests their fighters for steroids and other illegal substances before allowing entrance to one of their championship bouts. In this organization, elbow strikes are allowed with the exception of ones that come from the north-south direction. PRIDE Fighting Championships mainly offer two different MMA weight classes (heavyweight and middleweight) and forbids fighters from intentionally hanging an arm or leg on the ropes.

With the ZST, which is an organization based in Japan, there are two five-minute rounds. At the end of a match, a fight is deemed a draw if there was no knockout (KO), technical knockout (TKO) or Submission. MMA judges are not used in this form of fighting. Shooto is another form of combat fighting that presents separate rules and regulations for three different class levels (A, B, and C). Level C is set aside for the amateurs. Three 4-minute rounds are attached to the International Fight League, which uses a different pair of gloves, offering less padding.

Regardless of where or within which mma organization, mixed martial arts madness is sweeping the globe and is coming to a “cage” near you!

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My Journey Into Mixed Martial Arts Training

June 19, 2010 by  
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Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts is both a mentally and physically demaning sport. mma puts great strain on the athlete which requires the fighter to be fit and healthly. Being a mixed martial arts fighter requires expolsive power, stamina and cardiovascular training. The training involved within mma is often tough and physically demaning, and having to follow a strict diet can be often challenging for the aspiring mixed martial arts practitioner.

Having to attend mma training sessions throughout the week, keep appointments with the gym, eat correctly, fit in home based exercise sessions, requires dedication and relentless self- discipline. But the rewards gained from this self-discipline and dedication, makes the mixed martial arts fighter a superior individual.

As a Prison Officer and keen mixed martial arts trainee, I find keeping the training and home life balance difficult. It is my intention to briefly explain how I keep my Mixed Martial Arts training, and all important home-life running smoothly.

Firstly I would like to explain more about myself. As I stated I am a Prison Officer working in one of HM Prisons. The job can be often dangerous and having to deal with volatile and potentially violent situations is an often occurrence. I’ve been threatend, assaulted, spat at etc etc. Anyway, people ask me why I do the job. I ask myself the same question, and my answer is still the same “I dont know” Enough of that for now. Well, I’m married and have a great son. We all live quite happily together wich is a rare case in today’s society.

As a keen mixed martial arts practitioner, I find it quite difficult to fit in training sessions with the job and family life. I’ve been interested in martial arts for most of my life and have only really got into mixed martial arts quite recently, after a little health scare.

I was smoking and drinking quite heavily for the last three years and gave up all my fitness and martial arts training. I was 2st overweight and felt sluggish all the time. I would get up at 5.00am for work with a hangover and a stinking headache, everyday.

I decided enough was enough and I gave up smoking and drinking in one hard swoop. After much tought and deliberation, I began to put a training package together. It would involve me running and cycling to work, circuit training and walking. With this simple exercise programme I lost 1st in a month which put me on the road to mixed martial arts. I’ll explain more about my journey into fitness and mixed martial arts in my next article.

I run Bulldog Mixed Martial Arts a website offering MMA fans news, article and up-to-date information on Mixed Martial Arts.

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Anabolic Steroids in Mixed Martial Arts

June 19, 2010 by  
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Recently, two top professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters were banned for using Nandrolone Metabolite and Drostanolone. This news brought to light what many in the MMA world knew already – performance-enhancing drugs are very prevalent in the fighting ring.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) emerged in the 1990s as an underground sport, which integrated fighting styles from striking to grappling, into one unique sport. Originally considered barbaric and dangerous, it was banned in many circles. By the early 2000s, the underground sport began to gain more and more visibility, and therefore, credibility. New standards for fighting were introduced to improve viewing pleasure and ensure fighters were protected from unnecessary injuries. The sport gained corporate interest, took on sponsors, and soon began staging pay-Per-View television events.

As with most sports, the moment a great deal of money is infused, two things happen. First, the level of performance increases greatly as many new athletes join the sport. Second, drug use becomes more prevalent as no longer are fighters fighting for a $2k check and a trophy. Suddenly, fighters are competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars. With that kind of money on the line, and the level of competition, performance-enhancing drugs quickly made their mark on the sport.

Most MMA fighters who do use choose Halotesten and/or Mibolerone. These substances create feelings of aggression and strength increases, without water retention or weight gain. Strikers often prefer Winstrol and Trenbolone. Testosterone and human growth hormone are beginning to get a foothold in the sport. These two compounds are very expensive, tightly controlled, and often only available to top athletes in sports like football and baseball. A physician typically prescribes testosterone, and human growth hormone is hard to obtain, even from a doctor.

As with other sports, the decision of a fighter to use or not use is a personal decision. The rules of every major professional fighting organization forbid the use of steroids, as well as many stimulants. Testing is very expensive and often only implemented at the top levels, where prize money and sponsorship dollars allow for this option. Are steroids cheating if many of the top competitors are using them? That’s a tough question to answer. What we do know is that with continued success of the sport – worldwide television coverage and millions of sponsorship dollars – the level of competition, and subsequent steroid use to compete, will continue to rise.

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