Did MMA revolutionize the martial arts world as some claim?
Some have claimed that MMA has revolutionized the martial arts world by creating a competitive form that is closest to a true violent situation as a method of stress testing one's skills. It is therefore the arbiter for who are the best martial artists.
Removing an intent to harm or kill, removing the possibility of multiple attackers or armed attackers, and having a referee oversee the event to assure participant safety and judge results are all far from a true violent conflict. MMA is a sport. It is closer to a karate tournament. It is true that in a karate tournament, rules forbid grappling. In a judo tournament, rules forbid striking. This is all really just a change in the rule set. But there is a long history of beginning to pare back all rules for training in each of those traditions to more closely approximate a real conflict. There is also a long tradition of martial artists challenging each other in a no holds barred scenario. Actually, this idea is not the means by which MMA has revolutionized martial arts at all.