Mixed Martial Arts bout 18 months before UFC 1

source: puroresucentral.com

The UFC debuted on 11/12/93. However, mixed rules bouts appeared sporadically for over 100 years previously.

 In a 'work' both contestants know the match is fake and the finish is predetermine. In a 'fix' one contestant thinks it is real, and the other knows the ending. A 'shoot' is a genuine fight. On 5/8/92 the Kiyoshi Tamura and Matthew Saad Muhammad met in a legitimate shoot, for the Japanese UWFI organization.

Muhammad was listed as number 24 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time, won the WBC world light heavyweight crown in 1979, and 1998 was became a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Tamura was a professional wrestler, who moved over to MMA and holds wins over Jeremy Horn, Renzo Gracie, Ikuhisa Minowa, Nobuhiko Takada, Pat Miletich, and held Frank Shamrock to a draw at a time when Shamrock was reigning UFC champion.

 (actual bout starts at 8:18)


tags: UWFI   Mathew Saad Muhammad   Kiyoshi Tamura   video   

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McLeod site profile image  

8/10/11 3:19 PM by McLeod

People should be made aware that nothing happens in that vid until 8:30 seconds in. :)

Pro Ice site profile image  

8/10/11 2:40 PM by Pro Ice

 Kongo you seem angry for some reason, hurling insults at people because they don't agree or have a different opinion is not nice  lol.  Anyways was wondering what your source was or how you came to this conclusion

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8/10/11 2:13 PM by Chuck Kongo

Some of you people are deranged. UWF/UWFi/Kingdom was not "basically pro wrestling", was not some "real fights". It was ALL pro wrestling. The ending of EVERY match they did was scripted. They did "strong shoot style" wrestling. Everything was designed to look as "real" as possible and differentiate it from New Japan Pro Wrestling and the like. The kicks and such look "real" because they ARE real in many instances. They're not slapping their knee as they whiff a punch or kick like the fucking Rock in the WWF. Tamura, among others, got the shit beat out of them worse doing some of these matches than they did in most of their legit mma fights later.

Roy Batty site profile image  

8/10/11 2:03 PM by Roy Batty

Takada-Berbick was legit, well sort of. Berbick agreed to do an American kickboxing match -- no kicks below the waist -- Takada and the ref screwed him; Takada kicked his legs until he fled with the ref playing dumb about the whole deal.

Pro Ice site profile image  

8/10/11 1:56 PM by Pro Ice

 You're welcome sir Tamura, Royce in 1993 would've been a great fight. Tamura is very underappreciated/rated imo, and is one of the greatest Japanese fighers ever, ranks up there with Funaki, Sakurai, Sato, Uno, and Kondo (Sakuraba in a league of his own) Tamura was the first man to defeat Renzo Gracie in an nhb/mma fight, and he also went ths distance in a very even, back and forth battle with Shamrock who was the UFC champion at the time and considered the best under 200lb fighter in the world (Shamrock considered one of the greatest ever) I think Tamura woul've done well against Royce, Royce would've had an edge in the submission department in 93 (Tamuras game  would evolve later) Tamura would have an advantage in the stand up. Tough fight to call but imo in 93 Royce probably catches him in a sub, more than likely a choke of some sort.  Now a little later mid to late 90's Id' probaly give Tamura a slight edge, maybe being able to avoid the subs and possibly win a decision   

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8/10/11 1:46 PM by Domingo

Everything I've ever heard says that fight was 100% legit. There were also some one sided real fights in UWFi where someone shot right in the middle of a worked bout. Lots of matches with un-pulled strikes, too. I've seen more than one full KO. Anyone who decided it would be smart to take 100% force head kick KO deserves what they got I guess. I hope the money was good. One guy that could've done MMA from UWFi was Kakihara. He was like Tamura, but bigger. He did a bout in Brazil long after his prime, but he could've been a decent fighter back in the mid 90's.

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8/10/11 1:33 PM by Pro Ice

 Although UWFI was basically pro wrestling, they did have a few legit shoots, which were REAL fights/matches. Im definitely not an expert on this and I'm sure there are people here that know much more than me, but from what I've read and heard this was one of the LEGIT ones, another one I can think of is Sakuraba vs Rooze Imo you can tell this was legit, the first kick that Tamura threw was vicious and you could see the look on Saad face, then as soon as Saad fell to the mat Tamura pounced, wanting to end the fight asap

SKARHEAD site profile image  

8/10/11 1:02 PM by SKARHEAD

So you are saying the video in THIS thread w/ Tamura is NOT MMA because it is a work ?Hmmm...Will have to look again...

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8/10/11 9:27 AM by soldierdad5417

My favorite part is the look of frustration on Saad's face when the light bulb goes on and he thinks "this guy wants nothing to do with throwing down".

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8/10/11 9:25 AM by slamming

Where was Tamura at UFC 1? He knew his shit.