There’s a lot of filler content being pumped out for FUEL TV, but I gotta give my props to the UFC for their recent Legends Roundtable show where oldschool motherfuckers talk about their past and the history of the sport. Here’s a clip where Mark Coleman talks about an event down in Brazil from 1998:
“The Brazilian knew a little oil on the legs is gonna slow down the wrestlers. So Van Arsdale has me go check on Wanderlei Silva. We got into the locker room and I pull the curtains back and he’s oiling his legs up right in front of me. I say ‘What the heck!?!’ And Wanderlei Silva doesn’t speak much English at the time, he says “Coleman! Coleman! It’s a fight, man! It’s a fight!” I said ‘Yeah, but you can’t do that!’”
“And I had to go across the ring and take a towel and wipe Wanderlei Silva’s legs off with a towel which is worthless because it ain’t gonna do nothing. But I had to do it because we figured out who Wanderlei Silva was real quick that night. Van Arsdale was throwing these side karate kicks, he was working with a karate guy, and I was like ‘I dunno if you really wanna do that.’ And he did it, but next thing you know, he got plowed and kicked in the head and the fight was over.”
You can watch video of the fight after the jump, with the leg wiping going down at 1:30. As for how that karate stuff worked out for Van Arsdale…
Yes, that was a soccer kick to the neck. Oh, old school MMA. You so crazy.