Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Fighters' Ultimate Challenge; Mixed Martial Arts Drawing Support despite Its Brutality

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Fighters' Ultimate Challenge; Mixed Martial Arts Drawing Support despite Its Brutality

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY chris.garry@qt.com.au

MMA FACTS

UFC 127 will be held at Sydney's Acer Arena on Sunday, February 27.

The 18,000 tickets sold out in 30 minutes.

UFC events are now shown in 130 countries.

A 2010 UFC event captured a record 1.25 million pay-per-view watchers.

MMA fights are illegal in New York.

There are two Australian fighters in the UFC.

MIXED martial arts (MMA) is the fastest-growing sport in the world, the antidote to those who say violence no longer has a place in modern society.

And Ipswich residents are embracing the brutal sport, made famous by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Co a mammoth combat event coming to Sydney next week.

But the truth is, behind the blood-squirting elbow strikes, MMA is a technical and safe sport which requires immense discipline, according to Infinity Martial Arts head coach Alex Brekell.

C[pounds sterling]I won't say it's not violent because it is, but it's truly about the inner self, finding out how tough you are, how far you can push yourself. It's not about how much damage you can inflict,C[yen] he said. …

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