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Saturday, December 04, 2010
There has been plenty written and said about the origin and meaning of the term "mixed martial arts", but, like much else about the history of this sport, most of it is inaccurate. We discuss the first documented, written use of the term "mixed martial arts", in a news release in September 1995 for the first show of Battlecade Extreme Fighting, of which John Perretti was a partner, producer, commentator, and matchmaker. John Perretti also explains that he had been using that term since 1979. We also discuss how this sport developed from featuring fights between martial artists of different styles, to one where, in theory at least, there were complete fighters who had mastered a variety of grappling and striking techniques. This lengthy, rich discussion also includes commentary on recent events, comparisons of the level of athletes in early and present-day fights, the predominant style of fighting today, and much, much more.
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