Mixed martial arts MMA , sometimes referred to as cage fighting ,  no holds barred NHB ,  and ultimate fighting ,  is a full-contact combat sport based on striking , grappling and ground fighting , incorporating techniques from various combat sports and martial arts from around the world. During the early 20th century, various interstylistic contests took place throughout Japan and in the countries of the Four Asian Tigers. In Brazil , there was the sport of Vale Tudo , in which fighters from various styles fought with little to no rules. The Gracie family was known to promote Vale Tudo matches as a way to promote their own Brazilian jiu-jitsu style. Antonio Inoki bout, fought between boxer Muhammad Ali and wrestler Antonio Inoki in Japan, where it later inspired the foundation of Pancrase in and Pride Fighting Championships in In , CV Productions, Inc.
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Registered as a non-profit organisation under Swedish law , IMMAF serves as a democratic hub for national MMA federations and supports the growth of regulation and sport safety globally by aiding countries in the formation of federations where none exist. The IMMAF considers an athlete to be on a professional level and thus not eligible for participation if he or she meets any one of the following criteria:. Listed suspension periods are minimum periods and can be extended at the physician's discretion. The fan experience was billed as the world's largest mixed martial arts celebration, guaranteeing high-energy, all-star entertainment and concluding with a weekend of action-packed fights including UFC on July