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    Kristofer "The Arm Collector" Arrey, 7, chokes Mason Bramlette, 7, during the 2013 California State Pankration Championships Youth Division, April 13, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. Pankration is a version of the popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)-style fighting that is adapted for children.
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    Mason "The Beast" Bramlette, 7, cries after receiving a punch during the 2013 California State Pankration Championships Youth Division, April 13, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. The children's Pankration version is organized and promoted mainly by the United States Fight League and fights are usually run by parents who support what they consider to be a safe and worthwhile sport.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    The crowd cheers on fighters during the 2013 California State Pankration Championships Youth Division, April 13, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. The full combat sport of MMA allows both striking and grappling. It is the fastest growing sport in the world and a billion-dollar business thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship empire started by casino moguls Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    Daniel Arrellano, 6, trains at a gym in Sacramento, Calif., April 13, 2013. Children train between two and three hours a day, investing sweat and tears, to become a national champion.
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    Kristofer "The Arm Collector" Arrey, 7, and Cross Betzhold, 6, prepare for their bout at a United States Fight League Pankration All-Star tournament held at the BlueWater Resort and Casino, March 10, 2013, Parker, Ariz.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    Mason "The Beast" Bramlette, 7, is weighed in before a tournament at Adrenaline Combat Sports and Fitness in San Bernardino, Calif., May 18, 2013.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    Mason "The Beast" Bramlette, 7, is choked by his opponent during a Pankration tournament held at Adrenaline Combat Sports and Fitness, May 18, 2013, in San Bernardino, Calif.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    Kristofer "The Arm Collector" Arrey, 7, pins Cross Betzhold, 6, against the cage during a United States Fight League Pankration All-Star tournament held at the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker, Ariz., March 10, 2013.
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  • Children Train For MMA Fighting

    Justin Ramirez, 7, is named the victor of his fight during a Pankration tournament organized by the United States Fight League in Riverside, Calif., June 18, 2013.
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