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Mixed Martial Arts: An exciting fighting form

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
Sept. 7, 2011 at 4:07 a.m.


Some Ultimate Fighting Championship match decisions, according to fighting-mma.com.

Submission: A fighter taps on the mat or his opponent three times (or more) or verbally submits.

Knockout: A fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious, or unable to immediately continue.

Technical Knockout (TKO): If a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ended as a technical knockout.

Split decision: Two judges score a win for one fighter with the third for the other.

Majority decision: Two judges score a win for one fighter with one for a draw.

Unanimous draw: All three judges score a draw.

Majority draw: Two judges score a draw.

Split draw: The total points for each fighter is equal.

If you go

WHAT: Cage Rage 12

WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Riverside Convention Center, 1407 W. Red River St., Victoria

COST: $20

THE MAIN EVENT: Adrian Vallejo vs. Ysidro Vega for the 135-pound Title

FOR MORE INFO: texasrageinthecage.com

MMA, which stands for Mixed Martial Arts, has seen an increase in world-wide popularity in the last few years. And on Saturday, MMA lovers will have a chance to see it for themselves at the Riverside Convention Center.

MMA is a full-contact sport that allows competitors to incorporate various styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo, boxing and wrestling.

Most martial arts practiced today were established in China, Japan and Korea, according to martialartshistory.com.

Those who dare to enter can show their versatility.

"It's the best of each art. It's a lot more exciting," said Jason Stringo, from Victoria MMA.

This extreme sport can be enjoyed by anyone, whether you're inside or outside the cage. Stringo said the fights are extremely visual because of the different elements contenders used.

He also said that factor could be a reason this combative style has grown in popularity.

Stringo said more people have come to his studio within the last six to eight months. There are about 60 students enrolled.

As the interest grows worldwide, so did the regulations. The pound-for-pound fighting used to be no holds barred.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization helps to regulate the industry.

Some of the violations that are subject to disqualification include headbutting, eye-gouging, hair pulling and biting.

Fights usually last three to five minutes. The judging is based on a 10-point must system for all UFC fights.

Three judges score each round, and the winner of each receives ten points.

The loser receives nine points or less. If the round is declared a draw, then both fighters earn 10 points.

Fights can conclude for many reasons, including submission, knockout, or judges' decision.

Stringo admitted Mixed Martial Arts had a rough reputation at first. He said now it isn't any more dangerous than any other sport.

"Those who criticize it need to learn more about it," he said.



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