George Zimmerman had been training in MMA in the weeks before Trayvon Martin shooting

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A physician's assistant reveals that George Zimmerman had been 'training intensely' in MMA in the weeks leading up to his confrontation with Trayvon Martin.

As testimony continues in the trial of George Zimmerman, a physician's assistant, who treated him for his injuries after the shooting, revealed that Zimmerman had been training regularly in MMA. CFNews13 had a summary of her court testimony:

Folgate said she had treated Zimmerman for previous injuries before. She first encountered him in August 2011, and Zimmerman indicated that he had "difficulty with falling asleep and exercising with MMA, but that has not helped."

She said she also treated Zimmerman in September 2011, and at that time he indicated he was involoved in mixed martial arts three days a week.

Accompanying the physician assistant's testimony were statements from witnesses that corroborated Zimmerman's initial reports that he had been the victim of an attack. John Good, a former resident who saw the attack, described Martin on top in a 'ground and pound' position, raining down blows on Zimmerman as he cried for help.

While the testimony is instrumental in the defense's case that Zimmerman acted in self defense, it has to be noted how much of a role MMA terminology and reference is playing in his trial. The Atlantic Wire pointed out that a significant amount of time Friday was spent explaining the 'nuances of ground and pound:'

In perhaps the surest sign that mixed martial arts have finally made it into the popular consciousness, lawyers on both sides of the George Zimmerman murder trial spent a full half-hour on Friday discussing the nuances of the "ground and pound." For the remaning UFC neophytes out there, or those who didn't have it explained to them on Nancy Grace's network this week, that's a complex "on top" move that a witness claims to have seen Trayvon Martin perform on his killer.

While it can't be said that his MMA training was directly responsible for any of the actions that took place that day, this is yet another high profile criminal case in which a link to the sport has been made. It was only a month ago that it was brought to light that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had been a regular sparring partner at a notable MMA gym. It is a sign that the sport is creeping in to the mainstream, but perhaps not in the way fans and fighters would like it to.

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