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

Examples of mixed martial arts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Little -- who is trained in mixed martial arts -- punched, kicked and stomped on Lawrence as Honaker watched and did nothing, the lawsuit says. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Jail officers attacked, threatened to kill inmate who interviewed with U.S. Marshals, lawsuit says," 16 Sep. 2019 Smith is listed as a bantamweight mixed martial arts fighter with a professional record of four wins and three losses, according to mixedmartialarts.com. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "MMA fighter charged with murder in stabbing death of brother-in-law," 13 Sep. 2019 Gracie left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts before his passing in 2006. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Carlson Gracie Broward County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students enjoy success at Florida State Championships," 12 Sep. 2019 The Nurmagomedov-Ferguson fight seems to be the most unlucky in mixed martial arts, although people are eager to see it. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Returns to Fight Interim Champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242," 6 Sep. 2019 While the origin of the challenge is unclear, the cap-kicking competition is believed to have started among mixed martial arts circles, according to the New York Times. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Celebrities Try (and Hilariously Fail) at the #BottleCapChallenge," 8 July 2019 This year's roster includes a big mix of sports, including Paralympics track and field (Scout Bassett), motor sports (James Hinchcliffe), climbing (Alex Honnold) and mixed martial arts (Amanda Nunes). Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Christian Yelich, Chris Paul, Kelley O'Hara will be featured in ESPN's 'Body Issue'," 26 Aug. 2019 The notoriously crusty Diaz spent the last three years away from mixed martial arts stuck in consternation, smoking copious amounts of cannabis and constantly clashing with UFC boss Dana White. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241: Stipe Miocic knocks out Daniel Cormier to regain heavyweight belt," 17 Aug. 2019 In March, McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Conor McGregor Reportedly Hit a Man for Refusing a Shot of His Whiskey," 15 Aug. 2019

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2019

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