mixed martial arts

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From mixed + martial arts.


mixed martial arts pl (plural only)

  1. A style of combat sport allowing a wide range of combat techniques such as striking and grappling.
    • 2002 April 19, Scott Tobias, Fightville, AV Club,
      Though mixed martial arts has successfully peeled away fans from boxing (a sport that’s lost any compelling champions and much of its dignity) and WWE (a “sport” that’s always existed in quotation marks) it’s had trouble shaking its reputation as “human cockfighting.”
    • 2003 November, Century Completes 100th Martial Arts Video, Black Belt, page 111,
      Other top talent in the Central Vision library includes Black Belt Hall of Fame members Ernie Reyes Sr., Frank Shamrock, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, mixed-martial arts champion Pat Miletich, breaking champion Larry Fields and Olympic judo medalist Mike Swain.
    • 2005, Jeremy Wall, UFC′s Ultimate Warriors: The Top Ten, page 202,
      Jiu jitsu competitions are vastly different from mixed martial arts, as they are grappling-only, and if an athlete does well in jiu jitsu, it doesn't guarantee that he'll also do well in mixed martial arts (and vice versa).
    • 2008, Mickey Dimic, Christopher Miller, Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed: Mastering the Most Effective Moves for Victory, page 20,
      Mixed martial arts is essentially about making the opponent tire out before you do so you are at an advantage in dealing devastating moves.