Mixed Martial Arts (abbreviatedMMA) is a competition between two combatants that has evolved from deep-rootedhistories throughout different cultures and continents, and it continues toevolve through competition today. Sincethe beginning of humanity, unarmed combat has been a part of our existence. Just as MMA has existed (inone form or another) for thousands of years, so have the detractors of Mixed Martial Arts. Often criticized for its barbarism and the risk involved in competition, #MMA has faced opposition from the likes of Alexander the Great to United States Senator John McCain. Mixed Martial Arts has adapted due to this criticism, evolving into a sport whose legitimacy is acknowledged through out the world.The earliest instances of mixed forms of combat being implemented as a sport occurred in ancient Greece with #pankration.