Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground.
Modern mixed martial arts competition emerged in popular culture in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Initially based on finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors of various arts were pitted against one another with minimal rules or concern for safety. In the following decade, MMA promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with pay per view reach rivaling boxing and professional wrestling.
A huge MMA fan base has now developed. Fighters, fans, arm-chair fans, fight managers, promoters and karateka from all martial arts discliplines have caught the "referee" bug. All sorts of people think they can do better than the ref's we see on UFC: Steve Mazagotti, Herb Dean, Yves Lavigne, Dan Miragotta - but all these gentlemen are professional ref's and more are experienced fighters first, referees second. You won't do much better than these experts without knowing what an MMA referee's role is all about.
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