Remember the good ol’ days of the early ’90s when patrons flocked to mixed martial arts for the honest spectacle of the brutality and pain being dished out, like in some Jean-Claude Van Damme film? Truth is, MMA has been with us a lot longer than that. Historians point to bouts between boxers and wrestlers taking place in Europe before the 1900s, and the first boxer-wrestler match on American soil took place in the 1890s. Contests were famous throughout the Pacific Rim in the early 1900s for what was then called Merikan style, Japanese slang for American, and the Gracie family popularized Vale Tudo tournaments in their native Brazil in the 1920s. That’s the... More >>>