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Ron Van Clief is going to renovate MMA

Remember Ron Van Clief?  Not that guy from those old spaghetti westerns, I mean the legendary karate grand master who fell prey to Royce Gracie at UFC 4 at the ripe old age of 51.  These days he’s the League Commissioner for upstart promotion Global Proving Ground (the guys behind “Warrior Island”), and is featured in a documentary called “The Black Kung Fu Experience“.  At a recent screening of the latter, the soft-spoken “Black Dragon” discussed his brief MMA career, and his plans to “renovate” the rules and image of MMA.

Part two after the jump:

Van Clief and presumably everyone else present are very much from the traditional martial arts world, as evidenced by Black Lo Pan sitting beside him.  So it’s no big surprise that despite mentions of jiu-jitsu and claims of being an MMA fan, it appears Van Clief’s main renovation is a one minute time limit before fighters are stood up from the mat.  How jiu-jitsu is supposed to fit into a rule-set that seems specifically designed to forbid it isn’t explained, but I guess flying armbars and standing arm-triangles are still cool.  And it’s probably just a coincidence that Van Clief’s lone MMA fight was spent entirely on the ground.

Anyway, this will be REAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS™ instead of “just generic ground and pound”, create a “balanced field” that includes all the traditional martial arts, and somehow also ensure the fights are less bloody and thus more “telegenic”.  Oh yeah, there’s also mandatory bowing before and after fights, the lack of which in MMA apparently disgusts traditional guys.

It’s funny how Van Clief fails to realize that what he’s proposing is pretty much exactly what the early UFC tournaments were (minus the grappling ban, of course), and that modern MMA is what naturally evolved from fighters figuring out what really works and what doesn’t.  Even without grappling, I’m curious how he thinks the muay thai kickboxing style won’t tend to dominate the likes of karate and taekwondo as it has in MMA.  Unless of course they ban muay thai too.

(Props to MMAConvert for the find.)

  • theGaranimal

    I prefer Dan Quinn’s MMA challenges: in a cage, punches only, no kicks or takedowns.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Will there be a one minute time limit on guys standing too? I mean, surely this isn’t a way to legitimize the ego’s of guys spending a lifetime training kicks with no way to maintain footing for said kicks because a situation where the range they desire to fight isn’t artificially enforced, right?

    Next you’re going to tell me that Ubereem’s self-scheduled testing regiment out-of-camp wasn’t totally legit.

  • iamphoenix

    fuck that guy.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Ok, I’ve gone through the videos and it seems like a combination of what I said before and the genuinely good idea of social improvement through martial arts as opposed to meatheaded martial jocks.

    The good cultural and social aspect is unfortunately being acted upon in a decidedly non-martial way by eliminating practicality and efficacy. They don’t see the forest for the trees if they think ground fighting is what’s wrong with MMA. It’s a shame, because their intentions are incredibly good and something I could thoroughly get behind if their implementation could see past the superficial perceptions they harbor in regards to combat.

  • CAP

    The rent in MMA is TOO DAMN HIGH!!$!!!%!

  • frickshun

    I would actually prefer The Outback(tm)’s model: “NO RULES. JUST RIGHT.”

  • Steve

    I love the Dan Quinn idea!

    In fact, let’s take it one step further! Instead of cage, have them fight in a ring. You know, like Pride! Then, to top it off, we make the gloves bigger!

    It’ll be unlike anything anyone has ever seen!

    Also, massive props for the Lo Pan reference!