Friday, October 13, 2017

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.

Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries. Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.

Although fighters are evolving at an alarming rate and it is incredibly rare that one does not cross train in multiple martial arts, one thing is undoubtedly true about modern day mixed martial artists: they are incredibly well-trained, professional, and disciplined…most of the time.

Here is the thing about MMA that differentiates it from other major sports such as basketball, baseball, football, or soccer…you don’t PLAY Mixed Martial Arts.  One can go out on a weekend with their buddies and safely emulate what they see on television and “play” a game of football or basketball; this is not true for MMA.

One of the problems with the world today is we live in an “as-seen-on-tv” society where we truly believe that if we saw it on tv we can do it.  People forget, or aren’t concerned with the fact, that the people we see on tv have spent thousands upon thousands of hours honing their craft…they truly are professionals.

Well, what happens when someone gets an opportunity to spar with a professional MMA fighter? Find out for yourself when you check out the video below.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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