MMA’s long fight for recognition
M LE MONDE
Since its birth in the 1990s, MMA (for mixed martial arts) has had a reputation for ultraviolence. An extreme discipline, that French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu decided to legalize earlier this year.
A considerable advance for the 30,000 to 50,000 French practitioners, which marks the victory of Bertrand Amoussou, former European judo champion and pioneer defender of this decathlon of combat sports.
Story by Robin Richardot for M, le magazine du Monde