MMA is now a mainstream sport consisting of highly paid athletes, large organizations, specialized doctors and strict rules governing all aspects of the sport. During the sport’s formative years, this was not the case as fighters didn’t fully comprehend the rules, the pay was minimal and the risks weren’t fully understood, creating situations that were wild and uncontrolled. This lead to some fights that had a feral quality that has mostly been lost in the sport barring a few exceptions. Here are some fights that showcase the brutality of the sport.
Joe Son vs Keith Hackney:
The inventor of “Jo Son Do”, a fictitious martial art created by an actor known for his short role in Austin Powers and then infamously for gang raping and torturing a 19 year old girl. All this was culminated by him killing his cell mate when he was finally caught two decades later. While Keith Hackney had no idea who Joe Son was at the time, he would succeed where the American Government had failed. He punished the deviant with brutal loaded punches straight to the groin (legal at the time and Son wore a cup) while being held in a sloppy guillotine before finishing him off with a painful hand choke. Joe Son is an extremely sadistic man but when put in a cage without any weapons and a well prepared adversary, he folded as it is easier to assault an unsuspecting victims than to defeat an adversary who is prepared to retaliate.
Tank Abbott vs everyone:
Tank was the opposite of the Hollywood approved martial artist. Instead of the chiseled,respectful,soft spoken man who only fought to defend those who couldn’t defend themselves. Tank had a beer belly, thought highly of himself, fought regularly on the streets for fun and would make fun of his opponents while viciously knocking them out. Dubbed a “pitfighter” for some unknown reason, Tank was both a well respected wrestler and a savvy boxer who surrounded himself with excellent fighters. Though his physique was forged through excessive drinking, he possessed incredible athleticism that translated well into his horrifying ability to leave his opponents laying on the floor motionless and stiff. At first glance his fights look like a drunk man stumbling all over the place and who through sheer luck lands the one punch that put his adversary to sleep. In reality Abbott’s style epitomizes the Western martial art tradition as he merges his wrestling and boxing into one fluid agressive style fit for real combat that foregoes the stiff formality of the East in favour of practicality and effectiveness. Tank was also known for his incredible durability as evidenced by how he would shrug off losses by proceeding to party while the winners would often spend the night at the hospital or breathing through an oxygen mask. Tank was the hessian spirit embodied in a fighter.
The prize for winning was going to jail Tank Abbott on his street fighting career.
Gary Goodridge vs Paul Herrera:
Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge didn’t possess any extensive accolades in the realm of combat sports but was considered one of the world’s best arm wrestlers. He began his fighting career against a well regarded wrestler in Paul Herrera. The inexperienced arm wrestler entered the cage donning a gi and a fourth degree black belt in the art of “Kuk Sool Won” despite never practicing the art. He had obtained the honorific title by dominating an experienced “Kuk Sool Won” practitioner who had hoped to compete in the UFC showing how most Eastern martial arts consist mainly of larping. One thing Goodridge had was a good entourage who were able to come up with a plan after seeing Herrera practice the same fireman’s carry multiple times. Big Daddy would lean back, trap Herrera in a crucifix hold and apply a wrist lock in theory to counter the technique. In reality Goodridge dropped vicious elbows from the crucifix in a fight that he should have lost against a very dangerous fighter. The unpredictability and brutality is what made both metal and early MMA such a powerful experience.
Soccer Mum vs Professional fighter:
Like metal, as soon as MMA finally found popularity and its savagery distilled for grand consumerism. This attracted people who could never grasp its true essence and where in metal this often lead to financial success and adulation by the equally clueless, in MMA this would lead to humiliating defeats and life changing injuries. An out of shape mother and non-athlete learnt this the hard way.
Ben Rothwell vs random fat guy
One of the biggest freakshow fights in the history of combat sports pitted two young men of the same age both trying their hand at MMA. One was a serious athlete and the other an overfed child who thought that this was Pro Wrestling. This is what leftists want for the future of men instead of being strong and confident like Ben Rothwell.
Mark Kerr vs Moti Horenstein:
Moti was a former Israeli commander and Krav Maga expert who looked like Jean Claude Van Damme and spoke like a true gentleman. Moti was the ideal that society held of the ultimate martial artist. His first brutal loss by the skull crushing headbutts of old man/wrestler Mark Coleman would be like the movie hero’s defeat before the final redemption arc. His following fight was against the “Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr who was an even bigger, stronger wrestler in his prime with a more refined skill set. This wasn’t a straight to video martial arts movie but an actual fight and Kerr easily disposed of Horenstein leaving him in a bloody mess. Combat doesn’t conform to expectations but to reality.
Fallon Fox vs Ashlee Evans-Smith:
An athletic man decides to fight women after having taken hormones that increase bone density despite making the individual more feminine. Fallon Fox was flapping around in a fit of rage, begging the UFC to sign him after defeating a bunch of fighters unaware of his condition on the regional level and did so in the name of transgender rights while leaving these women with permanent scars and severe concussions. Evans-Smith was a decent fighter with a good wrestling pedigree. Initially troubled by the difference in strength, she would then muster her skills to methodically break down Fox into irrelevance.