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Old 10-05-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default The Greatest Fighter Before Modern MMA

Who was he, and how would he do today?
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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Define "before MMA". Because that could mean prior 1993, or prior 3000 years ago really.

My guess is you are talking pre-UFC. Hard to say without head to head competition obviously. Have to think...
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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leaning towards

Kimura - #1 vale tudo fighter in his day
James Jefferies - former #1 boxer with solid wrestling
Jack Dempsey - former #1 boxer with cross training in wrestling and submissions
Benny Uriquidez - very good kickboxer with judo, rumors of winning some sort of NHB event, forget the details.
Alexander Kaerlin - dominant wrestling and size/strength, probably has at least rudimentary Judo or Sambo training, father rumored to be boxer/boxing coach.
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:02 PM   #4
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Define "before MMA". Because that could mean prior 1993, or prior 3000 years ago really.

My guess is you are talking pre-UFC. Hard to say without head to head competition obviously. Have to think...
Before MMA as it's considered today. Pre-1993, and not including Brazilian Vale Tudo competitions of the 1950's and 60's.
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Old 10-05-2007, 02:49 PM   #5
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I'd say danny hodge or paul berlenbach, both champion level wrestlers who branched out into boxing and did very well.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:19 PM   #6
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I'll throw Gene LeBell into the mix.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:12 PM   #7
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I would like to throw Frank Dux name out there.




















And now I would like to grab his name, and take it back. Because I was joking.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:17 AM   #8
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I would like to throw Frank Dux name out there.




















And now I would like to grab his name, and take it back. Because I was joking.
That is not a joke. It is an atrocity.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:39 PM   #9
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Danny Hodge gets my vote

world class wrestler and a golden gloves boxer

and the only man ive seen in his 80s who can still sqwish an apple with his bare hand!!!!
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