MMA's journey not a smooth one

MMA's journey not a smooth one

Published Jun. 25, 2009 3:05 a.m. ET

This is the first in a three-part series on the evolution of MMA and its future.

Mixed martial arts is now close to mainstream acceptance. However, this sport that many believe is new has some old roots.

Many believe MMA started with the birth of the UFC. Some even confuse the two as being one in the same. Nothing could be further from the truth.