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Has the Bible influenced mixed martial arts?

Yes. People who oppose mixed martial arts on religious grounds say the sport condones violence and pride. However, some people say that mixed martial arts does not go against religion. Rather, religious proponents of the sport say it provides competitors with a chance to practice courage and glorify God with the talents God has given them. The popularity of mixed martial arts has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years, leading to the manufacturing of T-shirts stating “Jesus didn’t tap.” This phrase refers to the gesture used to indicate submission to an opponent. Also, some churches sponsor mixed martial arts events to attract young, potential converts to Christianity.


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