MMA in Europe

MMA is the common acronym associated with a form of fighting known as mixed martial arts. As the name denotes, this is a combination of many different styles in full-contact combat. An MMA match is usually supervised by an appropriate body although this is not always the case. Competitions are held in a form of a ring that is colloquially known as “The Octagon”. One of the most appealing aspects of this sport is that it attracts multiple disciplines; that is, practitioners from a wide variety of styles are welcome to compete. Still, it should be noted that mixed martial arts in the European area can be slightly different than what are found in the United States and other parts of the world.

Regional Considerations

The first factor that should be taken into account is that Europe has played host to a different variety of fighting forms that are specific to this region. For instance, Greco-Roman wrestling is quite popular whereas in the United States and Canada, grappling and Jiu Jitsu are more frequently seen in the ring. If anything, this has led to a rather eclectic blend of arts on display. Indeed, such respected practitioners as Royce Gracie have journeyed to Europe on many occasions to teach and to learn different techniques.

European Pride

It can be observed that Europeans will take a great deal of pride in the progression of MMA in recent times. However, this is a bit of a conundrum as for all intents and purposes, the sport known as mixed martial arts was developed in the early 1990s in the United States. Thus, there is a great deal of transatlantic rivalry that has taken place between these two regions of the world.

There are arguments on both sides that one form is better than the other, but it should be noted that each tends to embrace the same fighting styles and strategies. As the world of MMA continues to evolve, it should be expected that Europe will continue to play a pivotal role.