mixed martial arts

noun

Definition of mixed martial arts

: a contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques including striking, kicking, and grappling

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Reed was also a wrestling coach, mixed martial arts fighter and referee. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Interim police chief appointed for Kemah," 2 July 2019 The viral challenge appears to have first made the rounds in the mixed martial arts world. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "What is the Bottle Cap Challenge? Jason Statham and John Mayer join the latest viral challenge," 1 July 2019 In all, there have been only a few transgender professional athletes, in sports ranging from golf to mixed martial arts, but none who have competed at Richards's level. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight," 28 June 2019 The character channels energy into mixed martial arts, becoming a champion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Former Chargers WR Quinn Early shifts from NFL to film," 18 June 2019 There are seven Democrats running in this primary, but four names stand out: mixed martial arts fighter Sharice Davids, former Bernie Sanders staffer Brent Welder, teacher Tom Niermann, and business leader Sylvia Williams. Li Zhou, Vox, "August 7 primary: live results for Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington," 7 Aug. 2018 Some of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world could be in Boise this summer. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "UFC will make a stop at Boise’s CenturyLink Arena this summer | Idaho Statesman," 9 Apr. 2018 Hockey players and mixed martial arts fighters get more orbital fractures. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "What you need to know about Joel Embiid's orbital bone fracture surgery," 30 Mar. 2018 Daniel Cormier has never deviated from his mission to be remembered in the forefront of the discussion about best mixed martial arts fighters in history. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Daniel Cormier says he has Cain Velasquez's permission, and the fighting style, to defeat Stipe Miocic," 30 Jan. 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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