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By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mixed Martial Arts, also referred to as MMA, is one of the fastest growing combat sports in Brazil. The modality was created as a lighter version of Brazilian Vale Tudo - a full contact fighting sport with minimal rules (the Portuguese name translates to 'Anything Goes'). Both Vale Tudo and MMA share the ideal of discovering the ultimate combination of fighting styles. In MMA, however, the rules are safer, protecting the physical integrity of the athletes more than Vale Tudo's rough and ready matches.

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