If you've seen Warrior, starring Tom Hardy, or Never Back Down, with Amber Heard, then you'll already be fairly acquainted with Mixed Martial Arts. It's the combat sport made up of a variety of other combat sports and watching it makes us feel both incredibly manly and like little girly boys all at the same time.
It's a sport with a huge focus on sportsmanship and respect, and you've got to be one hard bastard to do it. One such hard bastard, former Cage Rage British Welterweight Champion Che Mills, sat down with FHM to teach us a thing or two about the biggest sporting phenomenon of the 21st century.
01 According to the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the core of MMA consists of boxing, as well as kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian jiujutsu and judo.
"Every day is something different," Che tells us, "because we have so many different disciplines to learn. We’re always busy and always learning. It definitely keeps your brain occupied."
02 Contrary to popular belief, MMA has strict safety rules. According to the Unified Rules of MMA, these include no eye gouging, hair pulling, groin strikes or fish hooking.
"There’s more etiquette than you might expect. It's so important to stick by the rules. Most of the time, it’s all about respect. We both respect each other and the best man wins."
03 A professional MMA athlete has approximately 12-14 training sessions per week but only 1-3 bouts per year.
"To make it as a pro MMA fighter, you have to train hard and take it seriously from the get-go. Get to as many training sessions as you can and keep learning."
04 The history of MMA goes all the way back to 648 BC when Pankration, a sport described as combining boxing and wrestling, was introduced into the Olympic Games. It became the most popular Olympic sport in the ancient world.
05 One for the WWE fan in all of us: Brock Lesnar is the only WWE Champion to move from the ring ot the octagon. In only his fourtth MMA fight, he beat Randy Couture, also of Expendables fame, to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Che Mills will be facing off against Matthew Riddle at UFC on Fuel TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald. It's happening Saturday February 16 at Wembley and you can either watch the action live on ESPN from 8pm or buy tickets from Ticketmaster and join FHM octagon-side.
If that's not enough to get you interested, you might remember UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer from our December issue. We suggest you watch the incredibly sexy video from her FHM shoot right now.