Mixed martial arts permits both striking and grappling techniques, drawing from boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, muay thai, and several other styles. The term mixed martial arts was coined in 1995 to describe the fighting style emerging from the Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions, which allowed competitors to use any martial art in an effort to determine which style would be most effective in a real fight. Instead of producing a clear victor, the UFC fights created a new, 'mixed' style.

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