How have certain fighting systems and/or figures help develop MMA into what it is today?

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 Mixed martial arts became into American consciousness in the early 1990’s with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).


Mixed martial arts was created to find the most effective ways of fighting in unarmed combat situations, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship was billed as just such an unarmed combat situation. This competition was billed as a “no holds barred” competition, meaning that almost anything was legal. The competition was exciting and extreme, and it caught the attention and earned the enthusiasm of the American public.
It is my opinion that, the fighting systems of MMA fall into several categories.   Each of which is essential to the sport of MMA.  Many will boast that Gracie Brazilian jiu-jitsus is the style that develop what it is MMA, but I beg to differ and here is why.

BJJ  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Portuguese pronunciation: [??w??itsu], English: /d?u??d??tsu?/) (BJJ) is a martial artcombat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especiallyground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century.

 As you can plainly see BJJ is grappling and ground fighting.  I for one do not see MMA as just grappling and ground fighting.  And as put in Total MMA” the most dangerous GANG in Rio was the gracies, a family with an obsession for proving its toughness that extended through generations.”

There are several categories and each of which holds its set of styles and figures that use these styles effectively.

Stand up/Clinch/Take down/Ground and Pound/Submission

For a fighter to compete in the MMA today they need a combination of all the skill sets.

Now that being said, The fans want stand up and ground and pound.

The sport of mixed martial arts has developed tremendously since its inception in 1993 with the UFC competition. Governing bodies have been developed to oversee the competitions and rules have been developed and adopted by different state commissions. The sport has seen tremendous growth and enthusiasm. People recognize the dedication and determination it takes to be a successful mixed martial arts fighter and understand the commitment to training that it takes to make your way to the top.

So in my opinion

Stand up:

BJ Penn (closely followed by Anderson Silva)
He is known for his ground game, but he is quietly the best striker in MMA (with Anderson Silva). He dominated Matt Hughes, GSP, Matt Serra, Din Thomas, Jens Pulver, Caol Uno, Joe Stevenson, and Sean Sherk on his feet. He may have lost some of those fights, but he won in the stand up game. The best example is in the GSP fight. He lost by split decision, but dominated the stand up game and only lost because of GSP's ground-and-pound.


1.) Anderson Silva - Rich Franklin had to reconstruct his face...
2.) Mauricio Shogun Rua - Destroyed Rampage and many others with it.
3.) Wanderlai Silva (Prime) - KO'd Rampage
4.) Amir Sadollah - had one of the best thai clinch's ive ever seen vs phil baroni. destroyed him with knees and even kicks from the clinch.
5.) Brandon Vera- uses it occasionally, but its very good.

Take down:

King Mo & Jon Jones

Top Ground: GSP
He has the best ground-and-pound game in all of MMA. He pounded out BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Serra, Sean Sherk, and Josh Koscheck, all for wins. He blends together wrestling and MMA very well, passes guard easily, and dominates the top game

Bottom Ground: BJ Penn (closely followed by Big Nog)
Flexibility. That guy can pull off a submission from anywhere. He is also masterful at sweeping his opponents and taking their back from there. He is a BJJ black belt and world champion. He has also never been knocked out nor submitted. His only TKO loss was because he gassed out against Matt Hughes, the most dominant ground-and-pounder of his time.


 Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.

Notable contemporary fighters that often practice this strategy include Demian MaiaShinya AokiRousimar Palhares, and Masakazu Imanari.

Give me your open opinion what do you want to see in an MMA Bout
A) Stand up      B) Clinch           C) Take downs 
D) Ground n Pound                  E) Submission

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