MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is an individual full contact fighting sport that allows the use of both striking, grappling or wrestling techniques from a variety of martial arts.
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Robert Whittaker is still recovering from the hernia surgery that led to his last-minute withdrawal from UFC 234, so Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya will vie for the interim middleweight strap at UFC 236.
Hayden Halter was initially suspended before a judge overruled the referee and WIAA (Photo/Amber Arnold, The Journal Times)
It's never been easy to be a wrestling referee, having every mat call questioned by hundreds of fans in the stands in a high school gym.
Now, thanks to the internet and social media, folks hundreds of miles away think they can judge a referees' decisions. (Just ask the mat official in the New Jersey dreadlock/haircut case ... or the Pennsylvania dual meet where a referee penalized two wrestlers from one high school team for dropping the straps of their singlets at the end of the event which reversed the outcome of the final team score.)
Then there's what happened in Wisconsin earlier this month, when a defending
Legally blind wrestler Jay Spencer won a state championsship (Photo/Eric Schultz, Rocket City Photo)
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma has a mural titled "Any BODY Can Wrestle" featuring life-size images of Bobby Weaver, Stephen Neal, Adeline Gray, Anthony Robles and Clarissa Chun, all to illustrate that there's a place in wrestling for everyone, no matter your size, gender, ethnicity or physical limitations.
Two wrestlers featured in recent mainstream media coverage -- Jay Spencer of Alabama, and Nick Trotter of Illinois -- prove that point.
Jay Spencer: "You don't have to see to wrestle"
Jay Spencer, a senior at John Paul II High School in Huntsville, Alabama is legally blind. Yet that didn't stop him f