The 50th Anniversary Of The First Ever MMA Fight With “Judo” Gene LaBell vs Milo Savage (Video)

Roots of Fight – Gene LeBell vs Savage featuring Ronda Rousey from Roots of Fight on Vimeo.

The UFC was started 20 years ago last month and that has been recognized by this generation as to when MMA first started. That isn’t true though as 50 years ago yesterday, an American judoka by the name of Gene LaBell responded to an advertisement in a magazine to face a boxer, Milo Savage.

LaBell and Savage battled at event in Salt Lake City, Utah pitting Judo vs Boxing, which would show which style is better. To celebrate the anniversary, the apparel company Roots of Fight made a documentary looking back at the history of the fight and what it means today.

The people at Roots of Fight sent us the video, which you can watch above as you will hear interviews from LaBell, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, MMA legend BJ Penn, referee John McCarthy, former world champion judoka AnnMaria Rousey DeMars and Paul Lazenby.

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Video: Top 20 Submissions in UFC History

UFC 167 is on Saturday night and is the 20th anniversary show of the company. Throughout the week the UFC will be releasing videos of the greatest fights and other moments in the history of the organization. This video above will show the 20 greatest submissions in the history of the UFC. Here are the top five.

5. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes I at UFC 46
4. Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar I at UFC 81
3. Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at UFC 1
2. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52
1. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

Do you agree with the top five?

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