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Old 07-10-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default Louis Vigneron, "The Cannonman"

Interesting character, and something of an MMA'ist in the mid 19th century. Willing to fight matches in savate, as well as against boxers and wrestlers.

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"One of the most charismatic and competent fighters during the 1850s was Louis Vigneron (1827-1871). Born in Paris he opened a small salle in 1848. He built a reputation by teaching the military and beating challengers including wrestler Arpin the Terrible 1850 and boxer Dickson 1854. He acquired the nickname 'Cannonman' by demonstrating the firing a cannonball from a heavy cannon held on his shoulders to his partner. On the 22 August 1871 with a miscalculation of powder the fatigued cannon exploded and he and his partner were killed."



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Old 07-10-2007, 09:30 PM   #2
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Nobody interested? You don't find 1850's MMA/kickboxing fighters every day, you know.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:34 PM   #3
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It must be the getup, but for some reason he reminds me of Mandrake the Magician
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It must be the getup, but for some reason he reminds me of Mandrake the Magician


Athletic garb was somewhat eccentric in those days.
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