Low Budget Jeff wrote:
Anyone remember the first UFC? Where they had sumo wrestlers, ju-jitsu practioners, and so on? Where they didn't have a set "uniform" of trunks, they wore their traditional apparel, like Gi's and such. and small-joint manipulation was legal. HAH
I own it.
I also own the one where...what the hell was his name...I can't remember. But he kept punching the dude in the nuts.
IN THE NUTS. It was all legal. And badass.
I have to disagree about the half assed wrestler comment though. MMA is exactly what it says, a mix. You can't be an expert in one art, and a rookie in the rest. You'll die.
Yeah I remember those video sets, there was always lots more violence than there is today.
Well I was just saying it, that MMA is now it's own "martial art" in a way, no one says Mixed Martial Arts and means "Oh yeah I do Taekwondo and Hapkido." Mixed Martial Arts means you are a kickboxer that also knows how to grapple and submit. Just a little annoying to me, and although MMA is good entertainment, it just, for me, lacks the grace and fineasse of tradional martial arts like Taekkyeon or Wing Chun.
However, I still think there are a lot of MMA fighters out there who are expert in sets and a rookie in the rest, persay, but it's actually just strong points and weak points, like Cro-crop being a strong striker and not that great of a grappler, and so on. Usually never matters though, and when they are fighting it just looks like their boxing skills are weak to me, it annoys me, and sometimes the grappling gets ridiculous, where one guy is just on top of another the rest of the round. It can get really boring.
I do miss the old UFC, where it was pretty much a TRUE no holds bar contest.