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MMA The Beginning

Posted on 22 August 2012 by jcaudill

The idea behind mixed art fighting has been around since the first caveman punched another cro-magnon in the face then slammed him into the ground. But how did today’s sport find its roots? Well no one knows for sure, but there are systems which have been discussed throughout history. The term Mixed Martial Arts itself was first coined by Battlecade president Rick Blume back in 1995, but MMA is just a name.

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MMA in Colombia

Posted on 25 August 2011 by Tony Hackerott

Written by: Erin Littlefield

Developing a New Scene To Enable Social Change.

In honor of the UFC’s imminent return to Brazil, the birthplace of vale tudo and modern MMA, it’s time to take a look at the emerging MMA scene in neighboring Colombia. Colombia has been torn apart by civil conflict for the past forty years, breaking records for murder and kidnapping rates as well as suffering widespread poverty and cultural violence. However, in the past few years, Colombia has undergone a cultural revival, and the new influx of foreign business and tourism has brought with it new ideas. One of these foreign imports is MMA, and after its incredible bounds in popularity, the sport has become something of an instrument for social change.

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