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10 Things You Didn't Know About MMA

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1. One of the first Americans to practice what we now call "MMA" was actually Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt was America's first brown belt in judo and also studied wrestling and boxing.
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Roosevelt was America's first brown belt in judo and also studied wrestling and boxing.

2. MMA has been linked to the ancient Greek sport of "pankration."

The only rules were no eye gouging or biting.
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The only rules were no eye gouging or biting.

3. Fighters have to be well versed in wrestling, boxing, judo, and countless other fighting techniques to be successful in the ring.

Not only do they have to know different types of martial arts, but they also have to be excellent at blending them together.
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Not only do they have to know different types of martial arts, but they also have to be excellent at blending them together.

4. The number of professional women MMA fighters is growing bigger every day.

Dana White, the president of UFC, credits fighter Ronda Rousey for the creation of a women's division of UFC.
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Dana White, the president of UFC, credits fighter Ronda Rousey for the creation of a women's division of UFC.

5. Weigh-ins can be just as entertaining as the main event.

Competitors don't just weigh themselves, they also psych up the audience for the upcoming fight.
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Competitors don't just weigh themselves, they also psych up the audience for the upcoming fight.

6. Some fighters will work out in an elevation training mask.

This increases their pulmonary resistances and lung capacities making them even harder to defeat.
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This increases their pulmonary resistances and lung capacities making them even harder to defeat.

7. UFC, the world’s premiere MMA organization, is owned by Zuffa, a sports promotion company, that has helped the UFC with its widespread success.

Fun fact: "Zuffa" is Italian for "fight."
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Fun fact: "Zuffa" is Italian for "fight."

8. Some fighters use hyperbaric chambers to heal faster.

These machines pump in extra oxygen, which some say helps speed up the body's healing process. Fighter BJ Penn built one in his bedroom and sleeps in it at night.
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These machines pump in extra oxygen, which some say helps speed up the body's healing process. Fighter BJ Penn built one in his bedroom and sleeps in it at night.

9. Cat Zingano is the first mother to ever compete in UFC.

She's currently ranked the fifth pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world.
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She's currently ranked the fifth pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world.

10. Initially, most people thought women's MMA wouldn't attract enough viewers.

They were wrong. The president of UFC, Dana White, is quoted as saying "the best decision I ever made was to bring women in."
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They were wrong. The president of UFC, Dana White, is quoted as saying "the best decision I ever made was to bring women in."

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