So what is this MMA Thing? Don’t you mean UFC?
Well whatever, I just want to see like a ninja guy fight a sumo wrestler. Oh oh! How about like a Kung Fu guy take on some old dude who does Tai Chi? (Fighting Styles)
MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, allow Wikipedia to give you the basics:
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.
MMA has had a huge increase in popularity over the last few years partly because of the UFC and it’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter (Sometimes abbreviated TUF)
However MMA does not equal UFC. While all UFC fights are MMA, not all MMA Fights are in the UFC. The UFC is the big dog, but there are other organizations out there, like Strikeforce, Bellator Fighting Championship and Dream.
Wait what? Brazilian Jew Whatsu? More Ties? I don’t care about your fashion statements, I just want to see some sweet moves! You know like Hurricane kicks and Spinning Piledrivers! (MMA Moves)
Well, this could happen, I guess, but most likely it won’t. Firstly, MMA matches are separated into weight divisions
• Flyweight: under 126 lb (57 kg)
• Bantamweight: 126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg)
• Featherweight: 136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)
• Lightweight: 146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg)
• Welterweight: 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
• Middleweight: 171 to 185 lb (78 to 84 kg)
• Light Heavyweight: 186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)
• Heavyweight: 206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg).
• Super Heavyweight: above 265 lb (120 kg).
That’s why you can’t have Brock Lesnar (current undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world) destroy UFC welterweight (and almost universally despised asshole) Josh Koscheck. Or even have a huge sumo dude against some old Tai Chi guy.
Next, while you can fight with any style you want, there are a number of styles that have been proven over the years to work really well. Here are some examples:Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
is something almost every single MMA fighter trains in to some extent (Except, perhaps, James Toney) it has been a dominate strategy ever since UFC 1 and has greatly increased in popularity as a martial art due to MMA
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Abbreviated BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century, which was itself developed from a number of schools (or Ryu) of Japanese jujutsu in the 19th century.
It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.
: The national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai is a very popular technique in MMA due to the fact it trains fighters to not only use their hands and feet, but also their elbows and knees which can create devastating strikes to their opponents.
Wrestling (Freestyle and Greco-Roman)
Muay Thai is a hard martial art from Thailand. It is similar to other Indochinese styles of kickboxing, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from muay boran, Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science Of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact", as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.
is another popular discipline for Mixed Martial Artists. The ability to take your opponent to the ground and while on the ground control him is incredibly powerful. While on the ground wrestling experts will either Ground and Pound (Abbreviated GnP, which simply means hitting their opponent while they are in a dominate position on the ground) their opponents, or attempt to make their opponent submit using any number of chokes and other submissions
However in the end you can fight however you want, if you want to Crain kick your way to MMA immortality, go for it. In the end, the only thing that matters is victory.
Ok, now you’re talking my language! One of those moves had naked RIGHT IN THE TITLE. That’s awesome! These fights must be no holds barred right? You know like that awesome Hulk Hogan Movie… No Holds Barred (MMA Rules)
Well not to worry, my eager friend, there are indeed some ‘sweet moves’ to be had in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. You know cool shit like:
A superman punch, cobra punch or diving punch is a technique used in Muay Thai, full contact karate and mixed martial arts fighting. The technique involves bringing the rear leg forward to feign a kick, then snapping the leg back while throwing a cross, resulting in greater power behind the punch
A roundhouse kick (also known as turning kick but often confused with the round kick) is a kick in which the attacker swings his leg around in a semicircular motion, striking with the front of the leg or foot. This type of kick is utilized in many different martial arts and is popular in both non-contact and full-contact martial arts competitions. The kick has many variations based on stance, leg movement, striking surface, and the height of the kick.
The Guillotine choke is a chokehold in martial arts applied from in front of the opponent. The choke involves using the arms to encircle the opponent's neck in a fashion similar to a guillotine. The technique is either a type of tracheal compression restraint (wind choke) that prevents air flow to the lungs, or a blood choke depending on how it is applied. When executed from the ground, the person applying it will try to control the opponent by the hips, for instance using a closed guard. This is done to prevent the opponent from escaping the hold, and to be able to apply additional pressure by extending the hips.
Rear Naked Chokes:
The Rear naked choke (RNC) is a chokehold in martial arts applied from an opponent's back. Depending on the context, the term may refer to one of two variations of the technique, either arm can be used to apply the choke in both cases. The term rear naked choke likely originated from the technique in Jujutsu and Judo known as the "Hadaka Jime", or "Naked Strangle." The word "naked" in this context suggests that, unlike other strangulation techniques found in Jujutsu/Judo, this hold does not require the use of a keikogi ("gi") or training uniform.
There are about a billion different ways to attack an opponent in MMA, this is just a small sampling, but not to worry. There are almost limitless ‘sweet moves’
Including this one, thanks facetiousTiger Knee
And don't forget these (Thanks BubbaT)Cro Cop's LHK (against the immovable object that is Mark Hunt's rock head)UberkneeRyo Chonan's flying leg scissors heel hook
Toby Imada's inverted triangle chokeRandleplex
Mark Hunt's atomic butt drop
How about we just post a ton of links of incredibly awesome and sweet moves right here?
Oh ok, well I guess biting would be kind of gross. Well, where can I actually see some Wrestler dude Nakedly Choke some Kicking guy? (Upcoming Events)
Ok slow down a minute, Mixed Martial Arts fights do have SOME rules to make sure this doesn’t become the Ball Punching Olympics (like it used to be back in the early days of the UFC). A Unified Set of rules has (kind of universally) been adopted.
Some organizations have different rules than others. Some you can’t use your elbows. Some you can perform a “Soccer Kick” (Kicking the head of a downed opponent) but the Unified Rules are as close as we have to the ‘rules’ of MMA.
Sweet! Now how about you tell me who the big dogs are, you know the ones that have those sweet flashy belts? It seems like I should know those guys. (Current Champions)
Here are some upcoming MMA Events, most UFC events are held via Pay Per View, most WEC events are free on VS. and most Strikefore events are shown on Showtime
UFC Fight Night: Marquardt Vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 (FREE!)
UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop September 25, 2010
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama October 16, 2010
UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez October 23, 2010
Strikeforce: San Jose October 9, 2010
ShoMMA 11 October 22, 2010
ShoMMA 12 November 19, 2010
WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan September 30, 2010
WEC 52 November 2010
Ok so now I know the basics I guess, you know with the Muay Jitsu and the Superman Kicks. Where can I get some additional info? (Outside Resources)
Ok so reading is fun… I guess… But where can I get some competition? Is there some type of, I dunno, Penny Arcade Fight Club, I could be apart of and compete against other forum members? (PAFC)
Here are your current champions:
Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua
Middleweight: Anderson Silva
Welterweight: Georges St. Pierre
Lightweight: Frankie Edgar
Heavyweight: Alistair Overem
Light Heavyweight: Rafael Cavalcante
Middleweight: Ronaldo Souza
Welterweight: Nick Diaz
Lightweight: Gilbert Melendez
Lightweight: Ben Henderson
Featherweight: Jose Aldo,
Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz
Awesome! I can’t wait to be able to choose between Punchy McPuncherson and Kicks McGee! Just one more thing (I promise!) Is there anything else I should know? I don’t want to be out of line when I post in this thread. (Thread Rules)
It just so happens we do indeed! Going on right now is Round 2 of Penny Arcade Fight Club! A MayGodHaveMercy production in conjunction with Adytum Entertainment and Penny-Arcade. In order to play you need to join MMA Playground and wait for Round 3 to begin.
The premise is pretty simple. It is a Winners/Losers bracketed, head to head competition (except for the first fight). Entrants chose winners and losers of fight cards. Two competitors enter, one man leaves victorious.Our current champion is facetious who won a three way dance to win PAFC Round 1!
Here are the official rules:
Penny Arcade Fight Club Round 2
We've got 20(!) contenders for the belt this time.
adytum / adytum
Sweeney Tom / SweeneyTom
Metal Jared / metaljared
ChillyWilly / ChillyWilly
Zzulu / Zzulu
Peen / Tw1tch
B:L / B-L
815165 / 815165
facetious / Chagrin
moleface / moleface
sportzboytjw / sportzboytjw
MayGodHaveMercy / Mercy_XXVI
TehSpectre / TehSpectre
A Half Eaten Oreo / half_eaten_oreo
Spectrum / Spectrum
Star / Star
Snarfmaster / Snarfmaster
Organichu / Organichu
Barbatus / Barbatus
doug_grammar / chokehead
1) UFC and WEC events are counted toward the bout results (Please read the bout listing below carefully!
2) Only MMAplayground results are counted (Don't forget to make your picks!
3) In the case of a tie on points, fantasy wager amounts on mmaplayground.com will be taken into accountStructure
There are three brackets.The Winners Bracket
is the main bracket, made up of the top 16 contenders from PAFC Round 2 Bout 1. If you lose in the winners bracket in bouts 2 or 3, you're dropped into..The Losers Bracket
is the secondary bracket, where the losers of bouts 2 and 3 will compete for 5th and 6th place. Prestigious!The Elimination Bracket
is for those 4 poor individuals eliminated in bout 1. It will span bouts 3 and 4, and has a consolation bracket for last place.Bouts
PAFCR2 will be composed of 6 bouts.Bout 1
will on 08/28/2010 during UFC 118
- Will be a free-for-all among the 20 contenders
- Top 16 contenders will be entered into the winners bracket based on their points total from the bout
- Bottom 4 contenders will be entered into the elimination bracket
- Brackets will be published shortly after the boutBout 2
will be on 09/15/2010 during UFC Fight Night 22
- Winners brackets will be updated
- Losers bracket will be created with the losers from the winners bracketBout 3
will be on 09/25/2010 during UFC 119
- Winners, losers, and elimination brackets will be updated
- Losers from the winners bracket will be updated in the losers bracketBout 4
will be on 09/30/2010 during WEC 51
- Losers and Elimination brackets will be updated
- Winners will have to sit this event out.. sorry!
- This will be the final bout for the elimination bracket, and the "winner" will be announced :PBout 5
will be on 10/16/2010 during UFC 120
- Winners and losers brackets will be updated
- The losers from the winners bracket will stay on the winners bracket, competing for 3rd & 4th placeBout 6
will be on 10/23/2010 during UFC 121
- The winners and losers brackets will be updated
- The overall winners- as well as the total standings- will be announced shortly thereafter
Everyone is guaranteed 3 bouts at some level. Now make your picks and..LET'S GET IT ON!
You can view updates of PAFC in the thread itself, as there will be results after every single event!
The most important thing when you post here is to be nice. Really.
This is a discussion about fighting, and punching and all of that stuff but in the end we are our own community. While we may disagree from time to time, we should always remember we have lots of things in common as Penny Arcade readers who love Mixed Martial Arts.
Have whatever opinion you want, defend your point as best you can but try not to attack other forum members personally. Also obey all the forum rules (you silly geese!) and try not to be a jerk. Sure it happens from time to time but just use your best judgment and lets all try to be friends (Even you B:L we give you shit but you’re still cool)
Not only can you talk about the major fights and organizations, feel free to talk about actually participating in the sport. We have people that do Muay Thai and BJJ among others. We even have people who actually go out and fight. Ask whatever questions you have and we will do our best to help you out.
One last thing and this huge post will be over. We don’t do spoiler tags for current fights. We like to have fast paced discussions while fights are going on and having a thread tree with 50 spoiler tags is a huge pain in the ass. So if you don’t wan to know the results, don’t post in the thread. I won’t change the title for a few days so if you can’t stay out of the forums the thread title won’t ruin an event.
A big thanks to ChillyWilly, doug_grammar, Adytum and anyone else that I stole stuff from. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I like writing it!.