Mixed martial arts continues to impress me. The fighters are becoming smarter and the fights are becoming more challenging.
When mixed martial arts first started, it was a series of competitions involving various fighting styles such as boxing, juijitsu and karate.
Today's MMA competitions can feature all of those fighting techniques, along with kickboxing and wrestling, in a single fight. That's because individual fighters train to learn all of those skills.
One of MMA's latest additions is judo. Olympic bronze medalist (2008) Ronday Rousey has been using judo skills in many of her recent fights, and it has helped her win consistently.
"Judo requires good posture, so the girls I've fought can't tell if I'm coming in to clinch or strike.… It's won me every single one of my fights."
Ultimate Fighting Championship Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta has stated that judo is one of the more effective martial arts, and he seems to be accurate.
All of these MMA fighters are in amazing shape, and they bust their asses to get that way. They then shed blood, sweat and tears in the octagon.
There's no doubt these men and women are tough, but that's not all it takes to win in this sport. Former UFC Champion Royce Gracie explains why.
"There's no such thing as easy in these fights. No more can you come into the octagon and say, 'Let's duke it out.' The tough guy doesn't win the fight. It's the guy with the perfect strategy".
via Los Angeles Times