Mixed Martial Arts | MMA

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA for short, is a full-contact combat sport that includes both standing and on-ground striking and grappling. MMA was created from “Vale Tudo”, which is also a full-contact combat sport practiced in Brazil which helped elevate martial arts to a new level in the United States and in other countries. In a traditional MMA fight, there are five rounds that each last five minutes with one-minute rest periods in-between rounds. Fighters win from one of three ways: knock-out, tap-out, or points. Points are accumulated from how well you do each round; landing jabs takedowns, defending, and technique all get you points.

How many rounds are in MMA?


Sanctioned title matches have a one-minute rest period in between rounds and there are five rounds that last five minutes each. Non-title matches are normally three rounds, but the governing commission can grant five rounds. A round can be stopped at anytime a fighter taps out, forfeits, or is knocked out.

How do you be an MMA fighter?

First, you start training and specialize in a certain fighting style like Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu, then you join an MMA gym. After training vigorously, you start doing local fights and win your way into a televised title or non-title match.

What does MMA stand for?


MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts and is a full-contact sport that involves striking and grappling while standing or on the ground. As the name implies, there are multiple techniques that a fighter can use from martial arts and various combat forms.

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5’8” | 1.73 m
May 30, 1988
Amanda Nunes
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Amanda Nunes
6’2” | 1.88 m
April 14, 1975
Anderson Silva
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Anderson Silva
6’2” | 1.88 m
December 17, 1969
Chuck Liddell
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Chuck Liddell
5’9” | 1.75 m
July 14, 1988
Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor
5’8” | 1.73 m
July 9, 1985
Cris Cyborg
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Cris Cyborg
5’11” | 1.80 m
March 20, 1979
Daniel Cormier
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Daniel Cormier
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 17, 1981
Holly Holm
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1981.00
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Holly Holm
5’6” | 1.68 m
August 18, 1987
Joanna Jędrzejczyk
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Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Jon Jones
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6’4” | 1.93 m
July 19, 1987
Jon Jones
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Jon Jones
5’10” | 1.78 m
September 20, 1988
Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Khabib Nurmagomedov
5’7” | 1.70 m
February 1, 1987
Ronda Rousey
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Ronda Rousey
6’4” | 1.93 m
August 19, 1982
Stipe Miocic
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Stipe Miocic
5’9”-6’ | 1.75-1.83 m (Fence)
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30’ | 9.14 m
750 ft² | 69.7 m² (Contest)
UFC Octagon
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March 7, 1988
Valentina Shevchenko
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UFC Octagon
Elevation drawing of a UFC Octagon with fighters and dimensions

The UFC Octagon is a competition area used in the mixed martial arts (MMA) organization known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Athletes compete within the octagon through striking and grappling one another either while standing or on the ground. The athletes use skills or techniques used in various combat sports and martial arts.

An Octagon can be built indoors or outdoors with two gates behind which each athlete and his team stand. The chain link walls consist of fencing material with padding covers on all corners and edges for the safety of the athletes. The design of the UFC Octagon also ensures no athlete has an advantage “cutting off the ring” like in other MMA sports such as boxing.

UFC Octagons have an internal length and width of of 30’ (9.14 m) with a total competition area of 750 ft² (69.7 m²). The UFC Octagon is surrounded by a fence with a height of 5’9”-6’ (1.75-1.83 m) and is often set on a platform between 3.28’-3.94’ (1-1.2 m) from the ground. The catwalk of the platform has a width from 3.28’-3.94’ (1-1.2 m) surrounding the contest area.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a UFC Octagon measured with length and width
The UFC Octagon is a competition area used in the mixed martial arts (MMA) organization known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Athletes compete within the octagon through striking and grappling one another either while standing or on the ground.

UFC Octagons have an internal length and width of of 30’ (9.14 m) with a total competition area of 750 ft² (69.7 m²). The UFC Octagon is surrounded by a fence with a height of 5’9”-6’ (1.75-1.83 m) and is often set on a platform between 3.28’-3.94’ (1-1.2 m) from the ground. The catwalk of the platform has a width from 3.28’-3.94’ (1-1.2 m) surrounding the contest area.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a UFC Octagon measured with length and width
UFC Octagon
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750 ft² | 69.7 m² (Contest)

Mat Thickness: .31”-.5” | 4-12.7 mm
Octagon Edges: 12.43’ | 3.79 m
Catwalk Width: 3.28’-3.94’ | 1-1.2 m
Platform Height: 3.28’-3.94’ | 1-1.2 m
Door Size: 5’x3’ | 1.52 x .91 m
Overall Area: 1113-1194 ft² | 103-111 m²
Surface Materials: Wood plank surface; canvas top; vinyl-coated chain link fence

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Ronda Rousey
Scaled height comparison illustration of Ronda Rousey in relation to other mixed martial arts fighters

Ronda Rousey is an American sports icon with several titles: actress, author, professional wrestler besides former professional judoka, and mixed martial artist. She is on contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She won a bronze medal in judo in the 2008 summer Olympics and was the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and defending Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women’s Bantamweight Champion after it brought Strikeforce. She has been instituted in the UFC Hall of Fame and is the only woman to have titles in both the UFC and WWE Championship. She has a record win of twelve in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and three Amateur records. She was recognized for her gripping skills and grounding opponents with sweeps and hip throws.

Ronda Rousey has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) and a reach of 68” (1.73 m).

Set of illustrations of Ronda Rousey in various MMA and pro wrestling poses measured with overall height
Ronda Rousey is an American sports icon with several titles: actress, author, professional wrestler besides former professional judoka, and mixed martial artist. She is on contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She won a bronze medal in judo in the 2008 summer Olympics.

Ronda Rousey has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) and a reach of 68” (1.73 m).

Set of illustrations of Ronda Rousey in various MMA and pro wrestling poses measured with overall height
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Nationality: United States

Weight Class: Featherweight, Bantamweight

Reach: 68” | 1.73 m

Years Active: 2010-2016

Birthday
February 1, 1987

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Ronda Rousey standing, stance, fighting

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Scaled height comparison illustration of Joanna Jędrzejczyk in relation to other mixed martial arts fighters

Poland’s Joanna Jędrzejczyk is an ex-Muay Thai kickboxer who is on contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in women's strawweight and flyweight division. She was once UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and ranked fourth in UFC women’s strawweight and fifth in UFC women’s pound-for-pound ranking. She holds a record twenty-seven wins in kickboxing, sixteen in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and thirty-seven in Amateur Muay Thai. Joanna Jędrzejczyk is known to use the sprawl-and-brawl strategy using knee, elbow, and front kicks besides punches and body shots to confuse and outdo opponents. She has also represented Poland in several Women’s Muay Thai World Championships.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m) and a reach of 65.5” (1.66 m).

Set of illustrations of Joanna Jędrzejczyk in various MMA poses measured with overall height
Poland’s Joanna Jędrzejczyk is an ex-Muay Thai kickboxer who is on contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in women's strawweight and flyweight division. She was once UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and ranked fourth in UFC women’s strawweight and fifth in UFC women’s ranking.

Joanna Jędrzejczyk has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m) and a reach of 65.5” (1.66 m).

Set of illustrations of Joanna Jędrzejczyk in various MMA poses measured with overall height
Joanna Jędrzejczyk
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Nationality: Poland

Weight Class: Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, Strawweight, Flyweight

Reach: 65.5” | 1.66 m

Years Active: 2012—

Birthday
August 18, 1987

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk standing, stance, fighting

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Chuck Liddell
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Chuck Liddell with other related MMA fighters

Chuck Liddell is a living legend and probably the first American to bring the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sport into mainstream media. The former mixed martial artist has an extensive background in kickboxing, karate, Kenpō, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling. Besides, Chuck holds a stunning twenty-two record wins in kickboxing and twenty-one in MMA. All these successes granted Chuck an admission to the prestigious Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame, to publish an autobiography, and become the first UFC fighter to appear in the ESPN The Magazine. Chuck is associated with The Pit fighting team and still trains for the sports even after his retirement.

Chuck Liddell has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) and a reach of 76.5” (1.94 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Chuck Liddell in mixed martial arts positions measured with overall height
Chuck Liddell is a living legend and probably the first American to bring the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sport into mainstream media. The former mixed martial artist has an extensive background in kickboxing, karate, Kenpō, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling. Chuck holds a stunning 21 MMA wins.

Chuck Liddell has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) and a reach of 76.5” (1.94 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Chuck Liddell in mixed martial arts positions measured with overall height
Chuck Liddell
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Nationality: United States

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight

Reach: 76.5” | 1.94 m

Years Active: 1998-2010, 2018

Birthday
December 17, 1969

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Chuck Liddell standing, stance, fighting

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Khabib Nurmagomedov
Height comparison diagram of Khabib Nurmagomedov compared to other MMA fighters

Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov is the first professional Muslim in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to take the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title. He competes for the UFC and holds the UFC Lightweight Championship title. Khabib holds a record of twenty-eight straight wins, which is the longest in MMA, and is number two in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Besides, he has won the Combat Sambo World Champion twice. Khabib is skilled in judo, wrestling, and sambo. He is known for his grappling style and relentlessly exhausting a rival by forcing him against the cage, preventing him from escaping and attacking and striking him.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and a reach of 70” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Khabib Nurmagomedov measured with overall height
Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov is the first professional Muslim in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to take the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title. He competes for the UFC and holds the UFC Lightweight Championship title. Khabib holds a record of twenty-eight straight wins—the longest in MMA.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has a height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and a reach of 70” (1.78 m).

Collection of drawings of Khabib Nurmagomedov measured with overall height
Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Nationality: Russia

Weight Class: Lightweight, Welterweight

Reach: 70” | 1.78 m

Years Active: 2008-2020

Birthday
September 20, 1988

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Khabib Nurmagomedov standing, stance, fighting

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