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Ancient Greece

 

 

? Pankration

 

 

 

Late 19th century

 

 

? Hybrid martial arts

 

 

 

Late 1880s

 

 

? Early NHB and Mixed Style contests

 

 

 

Early 1900s

 

 

? Merikan contests

 

 

 

1920s

 

 

? Early Vale Tudo and Gracie Challenge

 

 

 

1960s and 1970s

 

 

? Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do

 

 

 

1970s

 

 

? Antonio Inoki and Ishu Kakutōgi Sen

 

 

 

1985

 

 

? Shooto forms

 

 

 

1989

 

 

? First professional Shooto event

 

 

 

1991

 

 

? First Desafio (BJJ vs. Luta Livre) event

 

 

 

1993

 

 

? Pancrase forms

 

 

 

1993

 

 

? UFC forms

 

 

 

Mid/Late 1990s

 

 

? International Vale Tudo

(WVC, VTJ, IVC, UVF etc.)

 

 

 

1997?2007

 

 

? PRIDE FC and UFC era

 

 

 

2000

 

 

? New Jersey SACB develops Unified rules

 

 

 

2001

 

 

? Zuffa buys UFC

 

 

 

2005

 

 

? The Ultimate Fighter Debuts

 

 

 

2005

 

 

? US Army begins sanctioning MMA

 

 

 

2006?Present

 

 

? UFC dominance and international growth

 

 

 

2006

 

 

? Zuffa buys WFA and WEC

 

 

 

2006

 

 

? UFC 66 generates over a million PPV buys

 

 

 

2007

 

 

? Zuffa buys PRIDE FC

 

 

 

2008

 

 

? EliteXC: Primetime gains over 6.5 million viewers on CBS

 

 

 

2009

 

 

? Strikeforce holds 1st major card with female main event

 

 

 

2011

 

 

? WEC merged with UFC

 

 

 

2011

 

 

? Zuffa buys Strikeforce

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