Jamie “Boogie” Anton, bottom, of Throwdown Elite in Orem, Utah, and Dave Allred of Elite Performance in Sandy, take it to the mat at Showdown V, a professional mixed martial arts fight night held at Utah Valley University November 20, 2009. MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows a variety of different fighting techniques and skills, some based on traditional martial arts and others non-traditional, with two opponents fighting each other inside a chain link round or octagonal cage. The sport increased in popularity in Utah and the United States with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament in 1993 and moreso in 2007 when the UFC bought its rival brand and merged all contracted fighters into one promotion.

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