MMA History

MMA Origins: Extreme Fighting Blazes Trail

Many of the basic rules that form the bedrock of the sport of MMA were pioneered by a short lived promoted in the mid-90's. Despite only holding four events Extreme Fighting had a huge impact on how the sport of MMA developed.

MMA Origins: World Combat Championships

While MMA Origins has focused heavily on the growth of the UFC, there were other American promotions that held "No Holds Barred" events. T.P. Grant takes a look at the World Combat Championships, a short lived experiment with MMA rules.

A look at all the fights from the 2nd Pancrase

Not even 30 days later, and Pancrase puts on its second event with many of the same fighters from Pancrase 1. Come watch every single fight from this Pancrase card from 1993

The rules and origins of Pancrase

The origins, history and rules from the early days of Pancrase circa 1993 featuring legends such as the Shamrock brothers, Bas Rutten and Masakazu Funaki.

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OSMMA Review: UFC 9 - Worst UFC main event ever?

The Old School MMA Review is back, as we sit through UFC 9 and do our best to survive the abomination that is Dan Severn VS Ken Shamrock 2! Plus, Don Frye, Gary Goodridge, and a Steve Corino reference!

A look at the fights from the 1st Pancrase

Come take a trip down MMA History lane. First up is the inaugural Pancrase event, featuring popular names like Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock and Masakazu Funaki and FULL fight videos courtesy of the Pancrase channel and other good Samaritans.

Bas Rutten still wishes he'd had a shot at 1 guy

He was UFC Heavyweight champ and the long-time King of Pancrase but Bas Rutten still wishes he'd gotten his shot at the man everyone considered the best of their era.

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The beating that inspired Putin to pay out $150K

Before he became the Bellator champ, Alexander Shlemenko beat the holy crap out of American Anthony Ruiz in Sochi, Russia. Vladimir Putin was in the audience was so touched by Ruiz' bravery that he wired the fighter $150,000.

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The legendary early days of 90s Texas MMA

Legacy FC HW Paul Buentello looks back at his early days in MMA in the USFW in Amarillo, TX in the 1990s where he competed against legends like Evan Tanner and Heath Herring.

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Gods of War: Peter Aerts

Known as "The Dutch Lumberjack" Peter Aerts was one of K-1's orginal fighters and with his combination of heart, toughness, and high kick knockouts, he would help raise the promotion to heights previously unseen in the kickboxing world.

The Wrestling of Yoel Romero

At UFC Fight Night 35, Yoel Romero takes the cage against Derek Brunson. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan takes a look at his past achievements in amateur wrestling.

The most important UFC stats of 2013 infographic

Stats, facts and figures summing up the year in fights for the UFC, with an infographic displaying the most important numbers and charts.

MMA Origins: Two Year Recap

The MMA Origins series is just over two years old this month, so to catch up and prepare for the next year, here is a quick run down of the series.

Gods of War Year in Review

With 2013 drawing to a close and T.P. Grant takes a look back at the class of 2013 for the Gods of War pantheon.

Hunt gives a career retrospective to 2 on 4 Sports

Check out this in-depth interview with Mark Hunt from Alexander Speirs at 2 on 4 as Hunt talks about his many career defining moments from a long career in K-1 and MMA.

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Old School MMA Review: Ultimate Ultimate 1995

Tank Abbott VS Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov VS Marco Ruas, and Don Wilson fights vampires - all in the Ultimate Ultimate 1995!

This Day in MMA: Hendo/Shogun, Fitch fired

A look at the many MMA events that have happened on November 19th in years past.

MMA Origins: Frank Shamrock Changes the Game

Fighters had been mixing skills of different martial arts for years by the late 90's, but it became clear that how you trained was just as important what you trained. And there was one fighter ready to the next step forward

MMA Origins: UFC 1 (20th Anniversary Edition)

Twenty years ago to this day UFC 1 was held, heralding in a new sport to American audiences. T.P. Grant celebrates this occasion by going back and revamping his UFC 1 addition of the MMA Origins series with more details, stories, and sources!

The top 20 bloodiest fights in UFC history

An article recently ran down the top 20 bloodiest fights in UFC history, and it's not half bad.

Not for the Ages: the Kimbo Slice Retrospective

A retrospective on the Kimbo Slice disaster that took down EliteXC, and what makes the sport of MMA so difficult to promote on its own.

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Video: 18-year-old GSP in an amateur MMA fight

See footage of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in an amateur MMA bout from March 3rd, 2000!

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TBT: UFC HW Title Trilogies

Just over seven years ago the UFC concluded its only UFC Heavyweight title fight trilogy between Tim Sylvia vs Andrei Arlovski. Now with UFC 166, the MMA world is ready to see another trilogy enter the UFC history books, we look back at that first se

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Joe Rogan's top 8 HW KO's

Joe Rogan and Fox Sports have put together a nice video list of the 8 best Heavyweight KOs in UFC history.

Arona - Knee injuries kept me out of the UFC

He was one of Pride's top stars but he's hardly fought since 2007. Why didn't Ricardo Arona ever make it to the UFC?

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