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(Bloody Elbow)   Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event. In-depth article on its origins and history to the left. Sweaty dick punch comments to the right   (bloodyelbow.com ) divider line
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2013-11-12 12:59:57 PM  
I remember the first one, me and my roommates watched it live. Seeing the sumo wrestler's tooth go flying out made us all jump out of our chairs and shout. I love boxing, but competitive fighting completely changed that day.
 
2013-11-12 01:08:20 PM  
It sure feels like more than 20 years ago. Amazing how much the sport has changed. Royce Gracie is the reason I learned jits. "What the f*ck is THAT?" was my reaction at the time.

I remember being really pissed when it was pulled off PPV.
 
2013-11-12 04:15:52 PM  
Who punches people with his dick and how did it get sweaty?
 
2013-11-12 04:16:39 PM  

Langston: I remember the first one, me and my roommates watched it live. Seeing the sumo wrestler's tooth go flying out made us all jump out of our chairs and shout. I love boxing, but competitive fighting completely changed that day.


Recently saw a best of show where Cro Cop's head got torn clean off and his knee was displaced in an unpleasant manner because he'd been knocked the fark out.

In an instant I realized why I love UFC, even the "best" can get their ass kicked if they're not careful.
 
2013-11-12 04:23:41 PM  
Sweaty Dick Punch.

If that isn't an emo goth grunge garage band name yet, it should be
 
2013-11-12 04:36:32 PM  
UFC is for pussies. I only participate in Earthrealm tournaments. Here's a picture of me performing one of my skill moves from a few months ago:

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2013-11-12 04:37:36 PM  
Dick Punch is Dick Pound's cousin.
 
2013-11-12 04:41:20 PM  

TheLopper: Dick Punch is Dick Pound's cousin.


But they will both bow down to Dick Trickle.

/cause there is medicine for that

JC
 
2013-11-12 04:45:16 PM  
dick jokes? I have a better idea:

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2013-11-12 04:46:36 PM  
My favorite UFC event was the one where  Jim Ross was the commentator
 
2013-11-12 04:50:33 PM  
Those old UFCs are cool to go back and watch and compare to modern MMA. There is so much more talent in fighting today, I can't imagine what evolutions we'll see over the next 20 years. The tournament format was insane.
 
2013-11-12 04:54:33 PM  
I got bored with UFC pretty quick. It always started with two guys bragging about how they'd invented their own form of martial arts. When the "fight" started they'd just circle each other for a couple minutes, then grab each other and lay on the mat in a knot for five minutes until one of them got too tired.
 
2013-11-12 05:01:59 PM  
I talked my parents into getting that PPV, thinking it would be a real-life version of Street Fighter.

Instead, we got a real-life version of Mortal Kombat.

As soon as the sumo wrestler in the first match had his teeth kicked into the nose-bleed section and was rendered a bloody heap on the mat, my mom was screaming at my dad to "TURN IT OFF! TURN IT THE F**K OFF!" It was the first time I'd heard my mom use the F-word.

Good times. :P
 
2013-11-12 05:10:54 PM  
Ah yes, the day the Kung Fu died.
 
2013-11-12 05:12:39 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: dick jokes? I have a better idea:

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Is this where I say that she wasn't the problem of "Haywire"?
 
2013-11-12 05:21:46 PM  

violentsalvation: Those old UFCs are cool to go back and watch and compare to modern MMA. There is so much more talent in fighting today, I can't imagine what evolutions we'll see over the next 20 years. The tournament format was insane.


i think that the compartmentalization of MMA into these different promotion venues is going to hinder the growth of the sport.  it will always have this WWE/WWF type feeling.

i don't know.  i feel like there is not going to be much growth in the sport unless something changes, it appears to have reached a plateau at the moment, and perhaps even declined somewhat (not talentwise, but viewership-wise).
 
2013-11-12 05:32:48 PM  

pute kisses like a man: violentsalvation: Those old UFCs are cool to go back and watch and compare to modern MMA. There is so much more talent in fighting today, I can't imagine what evolutions we'll see over the next 20 years. The tournament format was insane.

i think that the compartmentalization of MMA into these different promotion venues is going to hinder the growth of the sport.  it will always have this WWE/WWF type feeling.

i don't know.  i feel like there is not going to be much growth in the sport unless something changes, it appears to have reached a plateau at the moment, and perhaps even declined somewhat (not talentwise, but viewership-wise).


I think the tapout wearing douchebags doesn't help, either
 
2013-11-12 05:41:55 PM  

machoprogrammer: pute kisses like a man: violentsalvation: Those old UFCs are cool to go back and watch and compare to modern MMA. There is so much more talent in fighting today, I can't imagine what evolutions we'll see over the next 20 years. The tournament format was insane.

i think that the compartmentalization of MMA into these different promotion venues is going to hinder the growth of the sport.  it will always have this WWE/WWF type feeling.

i don't know.  i feel like there is not going to be much growth in the sport unless something changes, it appears to have reached a plateau at the moment, and perhaps even declined somewhat (not talentwise, but viewership-wise).

I think the tapout wearing douchebags doesn't help, either


Definitely, although seeing Jones and GSP get deals with Nike and Gatorade certainly help with exposure.  Right now I think getting a broader audience should be the main goal, but that will require something a little more than FOX1.  Problem is after the Strikeforce debacle major networks are pretty gun shy about putting an MMA card into a primetime slot.
 
2013-11-12 05:44:29 PM  
Sweaty dick punch comments to the right

Worst beverage ever.
 
2013-11-12 06:00:48 PM  

Flappyhead: machoprogrammer: pute kisses like a man: violentsalvation: Those old UFCs are cool to go back and watch and compare to modern MMA. There is so much more talent in fighting today, I can't imagine what evolutions we'll see over the next 20 years. The tournament format was insane.

i think that the compartmentalization of MMA into these different promotion venues is going to hinder the growth of the sport.  it will always have this WWE/WWF type feeling.

i don't know.  i feel like there is not going to be much growth in the sport unless something changes, it appears to have reached a plateau at the moment, and perhaps even declined somewhat (not talentwise, but viewership-wise).

I think the tapout wearing douchebags doesn't help, either

Definitely, although seeing Jones and GSP get deals with Nike and Gatorade certainly help with exposure.  Right now I think getting a broader audience should be the main goal, but that will require something a little more than FOX1.  Problem is after the Strikeforce debacle major networks are pretty gun shy about putting an MMA card into a primetime slot.


The current deal Zuffa has with Fox allows for about four main card events per year on prime time. I don't think Zuffa or Fox are worried about getting a wider array of viewers. Their only concern is winning the 18-34 year-old male demographic during the broadcast (at worst, Zuffa/Fox hope its broadcast can be competitive versus another live sporting event). It's a lucrative segment that, with the right ratings, can continue to draw good advertising revenue.

It also helps that the events on the Fox network air on Saturday nights, which is traditionally a very weak night for broadcasters.
 
2013-11-12 07:25:15 PM  
UFC has almost gotten to mainstream for me.  Fights all start looking the same.  One of the memorable moments of early UFC.  That the guy getting nutted turned out to be a rapist made it somewhat poetic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Mva-3n7TY
 
2013-11-12 08:08:01 PM  
My favorite Royce Gracie moment was when he choked a standing up guy out while being pummeled using a leg scissors choke. I thing the guy was a Greco roman style wrestler.

Royce could take a severe beating and still win. The guy is/was a 170 lb boa constrictor.
 
2013-11-12 08:09:07 PM  
Thing= think

Stupid meat hooks for hands.
 
2013-11-12 08:20:46 PM  

foo monkey: Who punches people with his dick and how did it get sweaty?


JESUS CHRIST this made me laugh so much.
 
2013-11-12 09:23:58 PM  
I think the UFC really came into its own when kick kicking, a kick-based form of combat, was introduced.
 
2013-11-12 10:12:22 PM  
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Of course it's out of date, and they'd both succumb to my new punch punching style of dick kick punching
 
2013-11-13 01:17:23 AM  

jake_lex: I think the UFC really came into its own when kick kicking, a kick-based form of combat, was introduced.


As conceived in 1632 by Portuguese printing press operator Andre Filipe, UFC was a gentlemen's game in which two men would square off and regale each other with stories monotonous for days on end until one of them fell to the ground from boredom or exhaustion. Over the next few years, the new sport developed a respectable following of a few hundred local socialites.

It was Filipe's son, Andre Filipe-Filipe, who developed what he called "the punching strategy" in 1637 after seeing a schoolboy strike another in anger, causing him to fall down. When Andre Filipe-Filipe challenged the then-champion, British ex-patriate "Sleepless" Bill Bishop to a match, Bishop was the odds-on favourite. You can imagine his surprise when while he was describing what he had had for breakfast that morning, Andre walked up and thumped him in the neck, sending him down "for the count" in the parlance of our time. While it was universally agreed that the boy had violated the spirit of the game, officials were unable to find any actual rule that punching violated, and were forced to let the victory stand.

This upset caused an uproar in the UFC community large enough to spill over into local newspapers, and stirred the interest of many outsiders to come see what the fuss was about. The newcomers were enthralled to engage in these borderline barbaric displays of human strength and skill, and the rest is history - after a few spoilsport schoolmoms single-minded about safety added the padded gloves, of course. Today's UFC enthusiasts fantasise about the newcomer that would rock the octagon the way Filipe did.

Calcification of the modern ruleset has essentially locked the punching strategy into place; but it's easy to get caught up in the fantasy. Young scholars with big dreams often enter the octagon with their crazy new trick, usually a variant of hypnosis. And though they've achieved the occasional victory, none of the gimmicks have been robust enough to make it to the big-time.

The real wonder, though, is that Andre Filipe's original vision of UFC is still around. Gentlemen's UFC clubs can be found in cities all over the world; you can visit one most any day of the week and see two erudite gentlemen exchanging pleasantries in the octagon. Most people only come to watch a few hours of a match, and then leave. But every once in a while you'll find amongst your elders a stout fellow, a die-hard fan, who perhaps witnessed that historic battle between Filipe and Bishop, who for love of the sport must stay to witness the last glorious seconds of wakefulness slip away, only to return to fight again another day.
 
2013-11-13 12:37:00 PM  

Uzzah: As conceived in 1632 by Portuguese printing press operator Andre Filipe, UFC was a gentlemen's game in which two men would square off and regale each other with stories monotonous for days on end until one of them fell to the ground from boredom or exhaustion. Over the next few years, the new sport developed a respectable following of a few hundred local socialites...


Bravo, sir. That was beautiful.
 
2013-11-13 01:39:49 PM  

SmackLT: Uzzah: As conceived in 1632 by Portuguese printing press operator Andre Filipe, UFC was a gentlemen's game in which two men would square off and regale each other with stories monotonous for days on end until one of them fell to the ground from boredom or exhaustion. Over the next few years, the new sport developed a respectable following of a few hundred local socialites...

Bravo, sir. That was beautiful.


I can't claim it as mine. It came from here. Really worth playing through...
 
2013-11-13 07:05:38 PM  

JohnnyBravo: My favorite Royce Gracie moment was when he choked a standing up guy out while being pummeled using a leg scissors choke. I thing the guy was a Greco roman style wrestler.

Royce could take a severe beating and still win. The guy is/was a 170 lb boa constrictor.


The man in question was Daniel Severn, and he was a mountain of flesh. Gracie beat him while on the ground most of the fight, and being pummeled as you say.

Tremendous fight.
 
2013-11-14 02:19:21 AM  
I watch Bellator MMA when I want my gay porn to have a little plot to it.
 
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