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 However, Bellator heavyweight champion American Ryan Bader, who is 31-7, is no slouch in the ring either with a hunger to be the best of the best in mixed martial arts. Rudie Obias, Variety, 24 Feb. 2024 In just her third mixed martial arts contest–and the first-ever female MMA bout in Saudi Arabia–Shields fought off a deep armbar in the first round against Kelsey DeSantis to pummel her way to a split-decision win. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Following a short but successful career in mixed martial arts, Carano had been a rising star in television and movies when controversy began to swirl. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Meta is officially warning investors: CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s love of mixed martial arts poses a risk to its business. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 Cris Cyborg has made a name for herself as a star in mixed martial arts with a sterling record of 27-2, world titles in UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce and Invicta and strong social media following. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2024 Among them was Endeavor’s September transaction to combine its mixed martial arts business UFC with sports entertainment powerhouse WWE. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2023 Endeavor, which owns the mixed martial arts outfit, controls 51 percent of the new company, with WWE shareholders controlling the rest. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2023 As an All Pro linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, Shawne Merriman fell in love with mixed martial arts training while looking for unique ways to stay in shape and improve during NFL off-seasons. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mixed martial arts was in 1990

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“Mixed martial arts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed%20martial%20arts. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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