Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the ultimate Combat Sport. It is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, made up from various combat sports and martial arts from around the world. It all started In 1993 when the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie family founded the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) through the promotion company Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG). he purpose of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions was to identify the most effective martial art in a contest with minimal rules and no weight classes between competitors of different fighting disciplines like Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo. In subsequent events, fighters began adopting effective techniques from more than one discipline, which indirectly helped create a separate style of fighting known as present-day mixed martial arts.
Today there are dozens of Professional MMA organizations with the most popular and lucrative being the one that started it all, the UFC. At the amateur level there are hundreds of organizations and leagues all over the country. The sport has grown into one of the most popular sports in the United States and has even surpassed boxing as the most popular combat sport.