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KUMITE! KUMITE!

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.

  • Rhymezbullet

    so let me get this straight, 2 days after it appears on bloody-elbow.com you copy it and try to present it as your own fresh work – what a bitch. anyway let me tell you that you are a moron and a bitch as well because you did not even watch the video RETARD. Taktarov does not fight 2 dudes at the same time, and the tournament is not kumite. It’s a 4 man MMA tournament in Latvia.

    Seriously you are like “bloody elbow assistant website” or something. If it appears on bloody elbow then you know for sure that it will appear on this website 2 days latter and amazingly incorrect as well.

  • Fightlinker

    1) Bloody Elbow has like 10 writers and posts EVERYTHING.
    2) 6 minutes in Taktarov fights 2 dudes at the same time

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