Go back far enough and they no longer call it mixed martial arts or vale tudo … it becomes KUMITE! Dan The Wolfman has been uploading some rare early 80s and 90s bloodsport footage and it gives you a glimpse into what the world of no holds barred fighting looked like before the UFC came in and codified things. Above, Oleg Taktarov pits his sambo up against a variety of other martial arts. At one point he even fights two guys at the same time!
And after the jump, Ron Van Clief shows us how things used to go down in Hong Kong: with a lot of confusion whenever the fight hits the ground. Don’t miss out on the audio for that one – the announcer is just as oldschool and wacky as the fighting itself.