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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


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


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


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


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


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"


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


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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