Outlaw Martial Arts

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MMA Developement

MMA History & Development

MMA is one of the youngest, yet fastest growing combat sports.
Fighters have been mixing martial arts systems for 1000’s of years
(like Pankration) but the modern sport of MMA has popularised it
MMA’s modern history and be categorised into three stages

Stage 1

 The early days of MMA featured bare knuckle fights in Vale Tudo and
the UFC. These were usually pitting style against style. Famous
fighters from this era include Wanderlai Silva, Rickson Gracie &
Marco Ruas

Stage 2

 Gradually all fighters understood they needed to cross train other
systems to give themselves the best chance of winning. Famous
fighters from this era include Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten &
Anderson Silva

Stage 3

 Over the next decade fighters started to train specifically in MMA as
its own style. This is the modern evolution of MMA. Famous fighters
from this era include George St Pierre, Demetrious Johnson & Jon

Primary Delivery Systems

 Whilst you can use any system or style you like in MMA but there are
three that have proven most successful in competitio

Muay Thai

 Is generally considered the best striking base for MMA as it includes
kicks, punches, knees & elbows – plus clinching


 Wrestling is the most popular takedown system for MMA as it
contains both upper and lower body takedowns that can executed
from distance & from the clinch


 Is generally considered the best submission system for MMA as it
contains ground controls, submissions & escap

MMA Ranges

 MMA is primarily fought across four ranges

Long Range

 Long range is typically thought of as kicking range but now includes
dynamic distance punches like the superman punch

Middle Range

 This is inside of kicking range and primarily includes strikes with the
hands (boxing)

Dirty Boxing / Clinch Range

 This range is typically where you can grab / wrestle your opponent.
Strikes in this range include knees, elbows & short punches


 This range occurs when the fighters hit the ground and can include
long range, mid-range and close range strikes when grappling. This
range is typically thought of as “ground & pound” range.
The best fighters can seamlessly transition between ranges whilst
combining striking and grappling when appropriate

5 Primary Fighting Styles

 If you watch MMA for long enough you will notice that there are five
primary fighting styles that are seen repeatedly. Most fighters will fit
into one or two if these styles.

Strike & Stuff

 This style is favoured by the technical striker who is looking to stay
on their feet and pick and opponent off with superior striking skills. If
the opponent attempts a takedown they usually see it coming and
stuff or stifle it early.
Classic Examples:
Anderson Silva
Israel Adesanya
Jon Jones

Spawl & Brawl

 This style is similar to the strike & stuff but the fighter in this case
usually lacks striking finesse and has a tendency to throw big bombs.
This often puts them out of position and means they have to sprawl
hard as their opponent gets deeper on the takedown.
Classic Examples
Chuck Liddel
Wanderlai Silva
Justin Gaethje

Pin & Punish

 This style takes advantage of superior wrestling ability to pin
opponent against the cage and wear them down with pressure and
dirty boxing. If the takedown is there, they may take it but are also
quite happy chopping away against the cage.
Classic Examples
Randy Couture
Cain Valasquez

Slam & Smash

 This style is favoured by powerful wrestlers who typically pick their
opponents up, slam them to the matt and smash them with heavy
ground & pound.
Classic Examples
Brock Lesner
Matt Hughes
Fedor Emelianenko

Trip & Tap

 This style is often used by BJJ fighters who enter and use low energy
tripping techniques to get their opponent to the mat and secure the
submission win.
Classic Examples
Carlos Newton
Demian Maia
Khabib Nurmagomedov

 Outlaw Martial Arts

Unit A2 Northway Trading Estate
Northway Lane
Gl20 8JH

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