Definition of mixed martial arts in English:

mixed martial arts

plural noun

  • An extreme combat sport in which contestants are permitted to use the fighting techniques of wrestling and boxing but also those of martial arts such as kickboxing, judo, and karate.

    • ‘He hopes to open an athletic center, and to become more proficient in mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘Currently, mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the United States of America.’
    • ‘In high school, he began taking group classes at Gold's Gym in Milford with Bobby Andrews, a pro boxer who later became involved with mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘He's probably the single most recognizable name in the world of mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘In 1999, at age 19, he became the Sambo world champion and, shortly afterward, began fighting in mixed martial arts events.’
    • ‘He is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter.’
    • ‘Over the past five years, however, because of shrewd marketing by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sport's premier brand, mixed martial arts has become mainstream.’
    • ‘Almost a decade ago, mixed martial arts was seen as a blood sport without rules or regulation.’
    • ‘Rosi reckons there are strong similarities between her talents for maths and for cage fighting, also known as mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘Yet even among more experimental sects, mixed martial arts has critics.’
    • ‘Fourteen former Olympians and 17 former college wrestling champions have participated in mixed martial arts, the association says.’
    • ‘But Allan insists that mixed martial arts is still a lot safer than boxing.’
    • ‘Only with education will the society ever fully accept the sport of mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘It is only a matter of time before the sport of mixed martial arts sweeps the United States.’
    • ‘Carmine Zocchi, a professional fighter and instructor from Middle Village, Queens, said New York should be a showcase for mixed martial arts.’
    • ‘Also, in boxing, the participants wear large padded gloves, whereas in mixed martial arts, the participants wear only minimally padded gloves.’
    • ‘In 2009, he will host five mixed martial arts events at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.’
    • ‘Mixed martial arts - the catch-all name for such competitions - has been struggling to escape its own history.’
    • ‘Mixed martial arts events have drawn millions of television viewers, and one was the top pay-per-view event in 2009.’
    • ‘The principal force behind the effort is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest mixed martial arts association in the world.’
    • ‘Since the sport of mixed martial arts was first introduced to the United States in 1993, it has been the subject of much heated political debate.’