Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was originally introduced to the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of boxing and wrestling.
It’s origins come from the Ancient Greek word “pankration,” with “pan” meaning “all”, and ”kratos” meaning “strength” or “power”. Together the meaning would be “all powers”. It is also used to describe the sport’s contemporary variations.
Some consider it as the first all-encompassing fighting system in human history. Modern mixed martial arts competitions have come to feature many of the same methods that were used in Pankration competitions in the ancient Greek world.