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10 Things You Didn't Know About MMA

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

8. Some fighters use hyperbaric chambers to heal faster.

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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.

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

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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."

Check out The Ultimate Fighter, Wednesday, 9/17 10pm ET with the first-ever all-female cast!

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