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22 days ago
1/1/01
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"Power rangers? I’ve been into MMA since I can remember so nothing really."


A lot of younger people today don't remember a time, or were not even alive during a time, when there was no MMA, but of course just because MMA was around, it does not necessarily mean that they were always interested in it.
20 days ago
1/1/01
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20 days ago
10/9/10
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Pro Wrestling, TMA, Martial Arts Movies. I trained Kyokushin Karate as a kid and loved Bruce Lee movies. I was a fan of wrestling in the 90s when it was NWO, WWF, and WCW. I was also very into basketball, and I played competitively from age 5 to my mid 20s. I have been an nba fan from an early age, although my interest has waned a bit now. 

Funny that I never actually connected pro wrestling or TMA training to my eventual fandom of MMA until this very thread. Looking back it makes sense that my taste evolved that way, I just never thought about it like that. 

20 days ago
10/9/10
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theshooter - "Power rangers? I’ve been into MMA since I can remember so nothing really."


A lot of younger people today don't remember a time, or were not even alive during a time, when there was no MMA, but of course just because MMA was around, it does not necessarily mean that they were always interested in it.

Good post. It’s funny cause not only do I remember the time before I knew MMA was around, it’s like I lived an entire lifetime before I even knew it existed. I became a hardcore in 2006, and I was 18. I had trained some but nothing serious, my life mostly revolved around basketball and music. My how times have changed. 

19 days ago
6/6/04
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BOXING since late 60's as a kid, then 1970's and into the 1980's...I saw all the great fights when the best fought the best ...

Ali Frazier, Jimmy Young, Earnie Shavers, Jerry Quarry


then Sugar Ray Leonard, Duran, Hagler, Hearns.


then PKA KARATE .... they started showing PKA fights early on in ESPN's early years broadcasting starting in 1970 or 80

I was from Dallas and the Texas Karate scene was huge and some of the Texas guys fought PKA....you had the Jerry Rhome, Jean Yves Therault, Dennis Alexio, Rick Roufus, Benny The Jet Uriquidez , Bad Brad Hefton, Bill SuperFoot Wallace, Jeff Smith....PKA had its glory days for awhile
19 days ago
4/25/11
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P O R N . . .

19 days ago
1/1/01
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mindless optimism -
theshooter - "His son went on to start the USWF"


Who was his son? Steve Nelson.


Also, when you said Mr. Wrestling, did you mean Mr. Wrestling #1 or Mr. Wrestling #2.

Mr Wrestling 1 or 2. best question ever asked on here.

I love how Mr Wrestling 2 went on to wrestle without #1, 'jimmy snuka and Mr Wrestling 2 vs Jerry Lawler and Abdullah the butcher' - quality, but I accept that the nerd levels involved in liking this are significant 

A completely different one than Tim woods or Johnny walker, which were 1&2 in the East, south and mid west. Gordon Nelson used the mr wrestling gimmick in California and later Amarillo 

19 days ago
1/1/01
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fightsfan - BOXING since late 60's as a kid, then 1970's and into the 1980's...I saw all the great fights when the best fought the best ...

Ali Frazier, Jimmy Young, Earnie Shavers, Jerry Quarry


then Sugar Ray Leonard, Duran, Hagler, Hearns.


then PKA KARATE .... they started showing PKA fights early on in ESPN's early years broadcasting starting in 1970 or 80

I was from Dallas and the Texas Karate scene was huge and some of the Texas guys fought PKA....you had the Jerry Rhome, Jean Yves Therault, Dennis Alexio, Rick Roufus, Benny The Jet Uriquidez , Bad Brad Hefton, Bill SuperFoot Wallace, Jeff Smith....PKA had its glory days for awhile

Being from Texas and you don’t mention Demetrius Havanas? I question your legitimacy as a texican 

19 days ago
4/6/19
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kyokushin

19 days ago
7/10/12
Posts: 6658

I was mainly into porn

Used to watch a lot of pornography

Still do, but I used to as well 

19 days ago
1/1/01
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"then PKA KARATE .... they started showing PKA fights early on in ESPN's early years broadcasting starting in 1970 or 80

I was from Dallas and the Texas Karate scene was huge and some of the Texas guys fought PKA....you had the Jerry Rhome, Jean Yves Therault, Dennis Alexio, Rick Roufus, Benny The Jet Uriquidez , Bad Brad Hefton, Bill SuperFoot Wallace, Jeff Smith....PKA had its glory days for awhile"


I remember seeing kickboxing on ESPN back in the 1980's. I remember Bill "Superfoot" wallace and some of the others.


I remember Bill Wallace being a commentator in some early UFCs.
19 days ago
4/6/19
Posts: 5615
theshooter - "then PKA KARATE .... they started showing PKA fights early on in ESPN's early years broadcasting starting in 1970 or 80

I was from Dallas and the Texas Karate scene was huge and some of the Texas guys fought PKA....you had the Jerry Rhome, Jean Yves Therault, Dennis Alexio, Rick Roufus, Benny The Jet Uriquidez , Bad Brad Hefton, Bill SuperFoot Wallace, Jeff Smith....PKA had its glory days for awhile"


I remember seeing kickboxing on ESPN back in the 1980's. I remember Bill "Superfoot" wallace and some of the others.


I remember Bill Wallace being a commentator in some early UFCs.

bad brad hefton?

19 days ago
1/1/01
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"A completely different one than Tim woods or Johnny walker, which were 1&2 in the East, south and mid west. Gordon Nelson used the mr wrestling gimmick in California and later Amarillo "


I remember seeing Mr. Wrestling #2 in Georgia Championship Wrestling as a youngster way back in the day. I always wondered what happened to Mr. Wrestling #1.


I did not know that anyone else used the Mr. Wrestling gimmick.

Edited: 19 days ago
6/25/11
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My Dad was a kickboxer so from when I was around 8 I was always at the gym with him and was obsessed with it, also boxing too but at that point I thought they were inferior to people who used legs/knees etc.

As my old man got older he just went to the sweet science to keep fighting so naturally I followed by that time I was 18 and discovered mma from a mate who gave me a vhs with one of Tanks fights, I shit on it instantly and said any pro kickboxer would light that fat fuck up lol and didnt think the sport would be popular, then a while later I seen the card with the BJ vs Uno and was hooked from that point on.

I still love and train KB/MT/Boxing but the thing about MMA is it really is as real as it gets.

19 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 1973

I watched any martial arts competition I could and boxing too. Oh and martial arts films of course. A mate of mine in high school came back from a holiday to the US with a VHS of UFC 2 and I was hooked. That was late 1994. 

19 days ago
4/6/19
Posts: 5623
RingStinger -

My Dad was a kickboxer so from when I was around 8 I was always at the gym with him and was obsessed with it, also boxing too but at that point I thought they were inferior to people who used legs/knees etc.

As my old man got older he just went to the sweet science to keep fighting so naturally I followed by that time I was 18 and discovered mma from a mate who gave me a vhs with one of Tanks fights, I shit on it instantly and said any pro kickboxer would light that fat fuck up lol and didnt think the sport would be popular, then a while later I seen the card with the BJ vs Uno and was hooked from that point on.

I still love and train KB/MT/Boxing but the thing about MMA is it really is as real as it gets.

tough thing for non-wrester/strikers who came up late 80s too... so much pride in kicks/punches before it was really shown what mma meant

19 days ago
1/1/01
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"tough thing for non-wrester/strikers who came up late 80s too... so much pride in kicks/punches before it was really shown what mma meant"


Kickboxers started doing better after they learned takedown defense and ground defense. You really saw the evolution of the sport with guys like Maurice Smith, and later Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic.


Also, Bas Rutten, Igor Vovchanchyn, Wanderlei Silva, and Anderson Silva.
19 days ago
4/6/19
Posts: 5624
theshooter - "tough thing for non-wrester/strikers who came up late 80s too... so much pride in kicks/punches before it was really shown what mma meant"


Kickboxers started doing better after they learned takedown defense and ground defense. You really saw the evolution of the sport with guys like Maurice Smith, and later Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic.


Also, Bas Rutten, Igor Vovchanchyn, Wanderlei Silva, and Anderson Silva.

agreed but I remember watching maurice smith as a world KB champ before mma even entered the picture

18 days ago
1/1/01
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"bad brad hefton?"


I have no memory of him. I do also remember Rick Rofus and Benny "The Jet" Uriquidez.
18 days ago
4/6/19
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theshooter - "bad brad hefton?"


I have no memory of him. I do also remember Rick Rofus and Benny "The Jet" Uriquidez.

18 days ago
1/1/01
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Cool kickboxing clips. I assume those are probably from the 1980's, right?


I remember seeing some of that stuff on ESPN back in the day.
18 days ago
11/20/10
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Boxing and pro wrasslin. 

17 days ago
2/27/20
Posts: 1576

Grew up in TKD, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido.  Started Muay Thai around age 13.  Never wrestled.  Why would I need to, ill just kick em in the face before they take me down?

Amateur kickboxing. 

Then fucking UFC came along and I was like god dammit.  

 

The first time I saw Royce I was not impressed.   I thought he had a neat trick but he was using it on out of shape and over the hill guys or total frauds.

 

I was still convinced a good kickboxer or especially thai fighter would wreck these guys.

 

Then I had a friendly but rough sparring session with a state champ wrestler like 20lbs lighter than me and I couldnt fucking keep him off me.  I grew to respect grappling a lot more.

 

I watched the early ufc stuff but it was annoying to me until Maurice came around and I was like TOLD YA SO.

 

I fell off for a couple years and returned to enjoying mma during the chuck era.  

 

Always been into kung fu movies, fighting games, etc.  

 

Despite all the training I did when I was younger AND a fair number of fights I would not call myself and educated or knowledgeable fan of mma until 09 or so as I developed my understanding of bjj and wrestling. 

 

I knew striking but it took me a while to understand the nuances of ground game.

 

16 days ago
1/1/01
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16 days ago
11/20/05
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a,b,e,f. For pro wrestling, especially UWFi, UWF and other "worked shoot" style.