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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been rising steadily in popularity in Asia, particularly India, according to reports.

The combat sport encompasses boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, kick boxing, judo, Brazilina jiu jitsu, Muay Thai et al. It involved lot of blood and sweats as the competitors’ slug it out to remain the last person standing.

MMA involved combining techniques and styles from other physical combat sport to wear out an opponent. Indians, instead of seeing cricket or watching soccer, have been increasingly taking to the sport.

“I have been training in taekwondo and MMA for the past six years. I was 15 years old then and had no idea about MMA, but I started learning taekwondo under my school instructor. After that, I started training in boxing as well,” 21-year old MMA fighter Bharti Dhoundiyal said about the sport.

The passionate university student added that the “different” rule of the physical sport made it even more exciting for her.