Understanding Mixed Martial Arts
For someone who just came into an MMA arena, being clueless is just a phase. The curiosity disappears the moment you enter the environment of the competition. Below are some ways or steps to be able to fully understand the formalities of the game.
First, you have to be observant of the things around you. Notice what’s happening. At the height of introduction and rule announcements, listen carefully to what the announcer says prior to the fight. There may be some rule similarities if compared with boxing like the standing eight count. Even so, weight classes are fewer and rounds are longer. There are certain matches wherein the judges can’t decide on who the winner is. When this happens, the fight will continue until someone gets knocked over, submits, or chocked out.
The moment the match begins, watch. Indulge in the match without getting lost in the end. Like other sport fights, the combatants would fall under two broad categories: the brawlers and boxers. The brawlers are those who are always in a hurry to end a fight. They are the one who look forward in ending the match as quickly as possible. On the other hand, the boxers are the fighters who are willing to go further through the fight with the goal of wearing down their opponents and winning the judges decision.
However, the fighters also fall under two broad categories: the strikers and the grapplers. The strikers are those who are concentrating mostly on kicks and punches while grapplers are those specializing in wrestling tactics.
During the game, try to judge how every participant executes a certain strategy or technique to bring the opponent down. Assess their strengths, weaknesses and even their defenses. A participant can either be a grappler or a brawler or a combination of both. A match ends when a fighter submits, get knocked out, or basing on the judge’s decision. Grapplers can use chokes or submission holds to attain a quick victory or he can also vanquish his opponent’s strength through a series of locks and holds, aiming to neutralize and run his opponent down.
Analyze every fighter through every match. Notice if the fight takes place in an open ring or if it’s on the ground. Are the fighters’ strategies helping them succeed or was it quickly countered by the opponent?
Mixed martial arts are full of stunts that can make your heart beat fast. There are only few MMA fights that reach the time allotted. Due to the new rules proposed to less wrapping of the hands and lighter use of gloves, strikers can no longer punch as hard as they want without the risk of inflicting injury to their own wrist and hand. Watch out for surprises. Knockouts and big blows done either by the knee, fist or foot are common.
A fighter’s fortune can be rotated in a matter of seconds; this will entirely depend on how the fighters carry themselves throughout the fight.
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