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

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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: Frank And Ken Shamrock Meet For The First Time In 15 Years

Tonight on Spike TV a special called “Shamrock: Bound By Blood,” will air at 11 p.m. ET. The special will feature MMA legend Frank Shamrock. The special will also a meeting with Frank’s adoptive brother, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.

The brother’s up until the special hadn’t spoken since 1998 when they had a falling out.

Frank Shamrock is a former UFC, WEC and Strikeforce champion. Shamrock has done commentating for Strikeforce and most recently GLORY.

Mickey Rourke, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, Mauro Ranallo, Nick Diaz, Bas Rutten, John McCarthy, Javier Mendez and many others appear on the special to discuss Shamrock’s career.

You can watch the video preview above.

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