Member Since: 1/1/06
A truly unique NHB event from 1995; an 8-man tournament held in one evening. On one side of the bracket the grapplers, on the other side of the bracket the strikers - each competing under different rules that suited their >
I think the striking bracket had a limit to the amount of time you could spend on the ground, and you weren't allowed to use any submission holds. I think the grappling side had no time limit on the ground at all.
The intention was to have the winner of the grappling bracket face the winner of the striking bracket in the final.
I think the fight we all wanted to see in the final was Renzo Gracie v Erik Paulson, unfortunately it was not to be.
Boxer, Kickboxer and Karateka, James Warring, emerged victorious from the striking bracket. I think Warring, at 37 years old, showed tremendous stamina and natural fighting instincts. Had he been younger when MMA/NHB became popular I think he could have been a major star.
Why does Phil Benedict appear twice below? Well, he was the winning alternate and took the place of Bart Vale in his semi-final fight against Renzo. Vale was unable to continue after a grueling fight against Mike Bitonio, which Vale won in just over 7 minutes.
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