Mixed martial arts dating
Further, several rules were put into place to help Ali just before the fight went off (including a rule that only allowed Inoki to kick if one of his knees were down).
However, the match certainly generated a lot of interest in mixed style competitions.
In fact, the 170-pound Gracie won three of the first four UFC tournaments, proving in the eyes of many that his style of fighting was king.
Modern mixed martial arts competition, or MMA, has only a short history, as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event took place on Nov. The event is known for featuring the blend of styles and has helped MMA's popularity grow.
In a sense, all martial arts styles and therefore martial arts history, in general, has led up to what we now refer to as MMA.
Interestingly, Royce was chosen by the Gracie family to compete in the competition because of his diminutive size.
Given this, if he won — which the family believed that he would — then the Gracies felt there would be no choice but to accept Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as the greatest fighting art in the world.
C., is the first documented full contact, few rules combat competition in history.