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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combat sport that combines many disciplines, from judo through Thai boxing through wrestling. Practiced in an octagonal cage, it allows kicks, punches, knees and elbows, and also ground strikes. Bouts take place over 5 rounds, each lasting 5 minutes.
Also known as “free fighting” or “full contact”, MMA is partly descended from the ancient Greek event known as “pankration”, appearing 2500 years ago. This type of combat ended when a participant lost consciousness, gave up or even died. Only biting and hitting the eyes was forbidden.
This discipline recognizes a very wide repertoire of devastating moves and techniques, opening up many options during bouts. MMA has reinvigorated UFC by bringing a new concept to the table with its flexible rules.
Since their inception, MMA rules have clearly evolved in favor of the protection of combatants. In particular with the creation of a weight system similar to boxing so that only fighters of the same build will contend against each other. Some blows have been regulated such as blows to the cervical spine and the back of the skull. Blows to the head now have to touch the ear to be considered valid.
However, despite these developments, no governing body has yet emerged in France. France has fallen in line with the opinion of the European Court of Justice which judged the MMA competition as an attack on human dignity.
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