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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The Fertitta brothers, who sold mixed martial arts promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship for $4 billion in 2016, are fans of Hirst’s work and own many of his pieces. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "How Damien Hirst shark art came to swim above the new bar at the Palms in Vegas," 17 May 2018 Starting in January, ESPN+ also will have UFC mixed martial arts bouts. John Smallwood, Philly.com, "Atlantic Ten Conference agrees to digital streaming of sporting events with ESPN+," 31 May 2018 Davids, a former mixed martial arts fighter and attorney, is the first Native American woman and the first lesbian Native American elected to Congress. Caroline Houck, Vox, "Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates had a night of historic wins," 7 Nov. 2018 Trends like virtual/online training, boutique fitness studios, boot camp, and mixed martial arts were all included in the survey this year, but none of them ranked in the top 20. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019, According to Fitness Pros," 1 Nov. 2018 Davids, a mixed martial arts fighter and an attorney, is going strong—and knows how to win a fight without punching below the belt. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 They are manufactured by Newaza, the same company that produces the high-quality gear for ripped fighters in mixed martial arts and jiujitsu, two sports where a flashy, self-expressive athletic uniform is the norm. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Label Poser Offers Up Martial Arts–Quality Clothes With an Intergalactic Edge," 30 July 2018 The city has been a strong training ground for mixed martial arts with Duke Roufus' Roufusport MMA Academy. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UFC is coming back to Milwaukee, this time to new arena," 7 July 2018 The fans of the mixed martial arts world are so diehard and so loyal. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Q&A: UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic on Daniel Cormier, Firefighting and More," 6 July 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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