For as long as I have watched MMA, I have had to listen to critics complain that "mixed" martial arts involves taking composite martial arts which are pure, and combining them into a less elegant form. A bastard mutt if you will, in which the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The problem with this criticism is that in fact, the individual martial arts are simply arbitrary subsets of hand to hand combat. There is nothing "pure" about their separation into different arts, only arbitrariness. Separated, the martial arts have glaring holes within each of them. Bringing them together closes those gaps. So what we should be calling the sport is "Unified Martial Arts." The word "unified" signals that the arts belong combined -- not separated, and that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Thank you for listening to my Ted talk.