sam·​bo | \ ˈsam-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce sambo (audio) , ˈsäm- \

Definition of sambo

: an international style of wrestling employing judo techniques

Examples of sambo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sambo expert has a 6-3-1 UFC record, generally fighting under the radar. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 242 live updates: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier," 7 Sep. 2019 Islam Makhachev sports an impressive 14-1 record with three UFC victories and comes from a sambo background. Todd Martin,, "Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau live round-by-round coverage," 21 Jan. 2018 The technique, a choke that’s meant to cut off blood flowing to the brain through the carotid arteries on either side of the neck, has many variations in jiujitsu, combat sambo, judo, and catch wrestling. Michael Thomsen, Slate Magazine, "Can mixed martial arts training make police officers less dangerous?," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sambo

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sambo

Russian, from samozashchita bez oruzhiya self-defense without weapons

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“Sambo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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