Published at Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Female. By Aiden Cox.
In addition to the UFC, there are numerous other professional MMA organizations. Among the most prominent of these are the Newport Beach, California-based Bellator MMA, founded in 2008, and the Singapore-based ONE Championship, which promotes many of the top MMA fighters in Asia. Invicta Fighting Championships, a promotion dedicated to female MMA fighters, was launched in the United States in 2012.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) was founded in 2012 in Sweden to further the development of the sport and to serve as the global governing body for amateur MMA. IMMAF members include more than 40 national MMA federations. The IMMAF annually sponsors the World Championships of Amateur MMA and maintains an amateur MMA world-ranking list. It is a stated goal of the IMMAF to ultimately secure the inclusion of MMA in the Olympic Games.
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