The origins of mixed martial arts (MMA) can be traced back to ancient Greece, where the sport of Pankration was popular particularly among Spartans.
Pankration combined striking and grappling techniques and was an early precursor to modern MMA. However, the modern form of MMA gained prominence in the 1990s with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which aimed to determine the most effective martial art in a real fight.
MMA fighters train in a variety of martial arts disciplines, including Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, and more. This diverse training allows them to be well-rounded in both striking and grappling.