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Video: Judo Gene LeBell Vs. Milo Savage

Roots of Fight celebrates martial arts icon "Judo" Gene LeBell with a short film and accompanying t-shirt on the anniversary of what is considered the first televised MMA contest in history against...

LeBell reflects on 50th anniversary of famed fight

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They didn't call it a mixed martial arts fight at the time, but "Judo" Gene LeBell's fight with boxer Milo Savage in 1963 was a forerunner of things to come.

Happy Belated Birthday Rorion Gracie

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In keeping with the Bloody Elbow tradition of belated birthday wishes, a day after Rorion Gracie's 60th Birthday is the ideal time to wish a true martial arts pioneer happy birthday.

Book Review: Say Uncle! CACC Wrestling

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A review of Jake Shannon's "Say Uncle! Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling, and Modern Grappling."

[UFC 118] YouTube takes us back to 1976, lets us watch Muhammad Ali vs Antonio Inoki with all of the buildup

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Take the time machine back to 1976 and take the ride to the big fight like a fan would have back then.

UFC 118 Preview: Randy Couture and James Toney Follow in the Footsteps of the Legendary Gene LeBell

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James Toney take heart. In 1963 a mediocre boxer named Milo Savage pushed a much larger judoka to his limits in a bout designed for the judo player to win. Jonathan Snowden has more on the story of...

Gene LeBell Talks Bruce Lee on "Inside MMA"

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On tonight’s “Inside MMA,” Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champ King Mo makes a play on JZ Calvalcante’s nickname “Feijao” by saying he’ll, “make refried beans” out of him in their upcoming match at...

Happy Belated Birthday Gene LeBell

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Carrying on with what I started with Helio Gracie, here's another tribute to a living legend. Yesterday was the 76th birthday of a man who may not be the grandfather of modern MMA but is certainly...

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