As The Ultimate Fighter 18 wrapped up over the weekend, fight fans can get a little more of Ronda Rousey today as Roots of Fight released an interesting look at the first sanctioned MMA fight in the history books.
Gene LeBell vs Milo Savage made fight history in 1963. It was the first time a Boxer and a Martial Artist fought in a no holds barred situation. Fortunately for the sport of MMA, Judo won out with a rear naked choke.
As the UFC celebrates 20 years of MMA, it's interesting to look back at the man who paved the way. Judo Gene LaBell studied with some of the best in the business in all forms of combat sports. It was that mentality that spurred on top talents in the MMA world.
It's important that fans look back on the history of the sport, and learn the culture of where the Martial Arts came from. It's the attention to those details that will continue to grow this sport and make it mainstream.
It's not the barbaric contest most make it out to be. In fact, most athletes in the sport respect their fellow opponents and seek to learn the philosophies of the arts they love. The combat is the test of the skills. Most live to better themselves and constantly improve themselves.
If you truly want to enjoy the next MMA event, start looking into the back stories, practice some of the arts yourself and get into a gym and train like a pro. It will give you the insight into what it takes to be a champion. It truly is the toughest sport on the planet.