Originally Posted by dwilson
Ithink i saw one awhile back at a market sale somewhere but they may have just been an early ufc video, i am so pissed that i did not buy it.
Do you actually consider mma a "finished product" even without more competitors from other classed fighting styles such as those you mentioned earlier?
Well, it's close. At the moment it's a fairly coherent combination of boxing, kickboxing/Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Catch + Freestyle wrestling, plus the occasional ground-and-pound refinement. I would say that this combination will get perfected a bit more as time goes on, but the basic aspects are already established.
I think we're at the end of the "first wave" of MMA, with all of the sport-based martial arts effectively converted to a single, coherent style. In times to come, we may see a few more esoteric arts begin to follow the originals' lead and create their own sport-style contests, which will require a second (much smaller) revolution in fighting methods to take place in MMA.