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When [JOHN SHOLTO DOUGLAS] set down the “law” of two men having the contest of controlled “brutality” called Boxing he probably didn’t know much about the way other parts of the world did something similar. There have been Champions crowned in many definitions of fairness by size or weight. Many Blokes and Bruisers who’d begun their careers at the rear entrances of taverns, or the parking lots of their jobs.  The confrontations brewed with the main ingredient of TESTOSTERONE being stirred in the cauldron called “civilized” society.

From bare knuckled “bashings” through the sciences that matched a combatant’s size to the impact ratio of those “three” square inches of inertia coming to an abrupt halt on the bone and sinew of another human, the temporary war of TWO is as old as “creation”. And, while any two are going to exchange, (Or AVOID.), the impact of another’s strength,guile and accuracies there will be those who will watch, wager… ENJOY the accumulated physical damages.

bare knuckler: John Heenan

                                   

These were MEN of their time, and there was NO mistaking what they did for a “LIVING”.

The twentieth century brought along a “more civilized” manner of facial dissection. The rules of the Marquess of Queensbeery made sure that there was an eveness to the matter. The “SPORT” of [BOXING] allowed for the “gentler” sex to witness the inate physical “beauty” of how each combatant moved to, either strike or avoid the hammer at the end of their opponent’s arm. The grace of a brutal “dance”… a windmilled Waltz where the better man used the other’s face, or rib-cage, to thrum the cresendo of the other’s ensuing defeat. There were those that rose to such heights that they were afforded great wealth and [PRESTIGE] for their art.

All the while the world had its own version of how TWO MEN decided who had better movement and power…

In the Nation of THAILAND, at the ripe old age of  3000 years, the art of non-weaponed, (Ya gotta USE yer ARMS!), combat is a Ballet of MAYHEM.

The creation of Televised sport has allowed us to learn about how “other” Peoples do what we “do”. The creation of the [MMA] has filled a “void” left by BOXING’s familiarity. Yes, Boxing still has the excitement and celebrity that it’s had, but the newness and intricacies of  this new way of “battle” has fed the roots of the “Couch Potato” immencely.

From the year [648 B.C.] the skills of boxing and wrestling were combined to entertain the Greek citizenry, even unto the Olympic Games. In 1899 a Briton introduced the combination of judo, jujutsu, savate; (kicking only.). With the French style of stick fighting, called canne de combat added for  the show of “dexterity”. The Japanese were inspired to the presentation of their version of “American” fighting, called Merikan, in the early 1900’s. Growth was slow, ( War CAN do that to an international phenomena.), throughout the next few decades. Fighting “styles” morphed into various configurations that brought the Brazilian beauty of “submission” combat that we’ve come to know through the [GRACIE] family.

But, before we’d come to know the Gracies a [DRAGON] breathed a fighting fire into our brains through the media of movies.

And, so we’ve come “full-circle” with the interest in MMA. There have been many men who’ve held the TITLE BELT in more than [ONE WEIGHT CLASS] in Boxing, but, the combination of TWO weight classes HASN’T been seen in the MMA as of this date…

Enter the only two that have the mixed martial arts’ enthusiasts ATTENTION. [GEORGE \”RUSH\” ST. PIERRE] and [ANDERSON \”THE SPIDER\” SILVA].

(Sorry, but it WAS the shortest video that I could find.)

The date of this monumental [MATCH-UP] is yet to be announced. No matter what the time-table, those that are fascinated with this type of event will cheerfully slap down the ducats for this bout.

D. Rick Mack

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