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Government Influence on MMA Professor Lambinus Sport and Society
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Despite governmental and political intervention in the sport of MMA, the sport was able to come from the brink of extinction to one of the most popular spectator sports in today’s mainstream society. Mixed Martial Arts, also known as MMA, emerged in 1993 and quickly became one of the fastest growing sports on television. This “no holds barred” human- cockfighting style of fighting drew much attention from fans, media and the state because of the gruesome violence incorporated in the sport. People were so attracted to the sport because it did not only incorporate one style of fighting like boxing or wrestling, it involved jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, kickboxing, and many other techniques. Each fighter has spent years learning each type of style of fighting that it makes the fights so interesting to watch. In the early 90s, the sport became an immediate success on pay-per-view. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) began as a league to promote MMA events. It brings “together the world’s most accomplished Mixed Martial Artists.” (Montgomery, Cliff.) UFC drew in their fans by advertising how graphic the fights are, “The original bouts were marketed with catch phrases like "No-Holds-Barred," "There Are No Rules" and "The Most Controversial Event of the Decade!" (Silverman, Amy.) The fights were brutal, shocking and unfairly matched. It was not uncommon to see hair pulling, groin hits or head butts. The show was a spectacle of two men attacking each other, fenced in a metal octagon with barbed wire around the top to ensure no escape. “There were no gloves, no rounds or time limits, no judges, no weight divisions, and (almost) no holds barred.” (Beato, Greg.)
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The popularity of the sport also brought the attention of state officials. Arizona
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