#UFC 217 #UFC Fight Night 120 #GSP #Michael Bisping #Conor McGregor #TJ Dillashaw #Cody Garbrandt #Fight One #Dustin Poirier #Anthony Pettis #Nate Diaz

No one knew what to expect when eight men entered the UFC Octagon for the first time on November 12, 1993. That, of course, was the beauty of the experiment. 

Everyone had heard of sumo, watched boxing and seen karate dojos pop up in strip malls all across America. We had an idea, we thought, about what fighting might look like, based mainly on movie fight scenes.

We had no idea what we were in for. 

Royce Gracie and Brazilian jiu-jitsu revolutionized martial arts. But it was his rival, Ken Shamrock, who first opened fans' eyes to what was possible.

Gracie had earned the first televised submission from poor Art Jimmerson, a boxer who tapped out at the mere idea of a dangerous hold. Shamrock provided a crystal clear realization that the threat was not just real, but potentially crippling.

The first victim of a submission lock in modern MMA history was Pat Smith. A kickboxer with an absurd record of 250-0, Smith bragged to the camera before his fight that he had "a resistance of feeling pain." 

Shamrock would soon prove that a lie.

He clinched at the first opportunity, took Smith to the ground and patiently waited for his opportunity. Shamrock, already a veteran of the submission fighting scene in Japan, was a master of leglocks. Smith didn't think they hurt. He was wrong.

As Shamrock looked to secure an ankle lock, Smith fought back viciously, with elbows to the shin and axe kicks. But as Shamrock shifted to a heel hook, all semblance of fight disappeared. Smith collapsed back on the mat, furiously tapping the mat and screaming in pain.

Live in the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, no one was sure what exactly had happened. It was the first shot in the war for the future of martial arts. Padded records and dojo glory wasn't going to be nearly enough in the UFC era. 

—Jonathan Snowden 

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Show Comments

Related News

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has no doubt she'll beat Ronda Rousey's UFC title-defense record

  • 16 days ago

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is promising history in her title fight with Rose Namajunas at UFC 217.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

After 'emotional rollercoaster' of scrapped UFC 216 bout, Mark Godbeer happy it led to MSG

  • 14 days ago

For Mark Godbeer, it turns out his last-minute fight cancellation last month was worth it.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Today in MMA History: Fedor Emelianenko gets the final win of his streak, while Brett Rogers begins a long, dark descent

  • 10 days ago

It was only eight years ago, and yet the MMA world was such a different place.Filed under: Featured, News, Strikeforce read news >>

New champ Rose Namajunas 'sick of all the hate' in MMA, vows to set good example after UFC 217

  • 13 days ago

Rose Namajunas stressed that “martial arts is about honor and respect” after taking a verbal onslaught from Joanna Jedrzejczyk leading up to UFC 217.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White argues why 2017 was best year in UFC history 'by a long shot'

  • 11 days ago

UFC President Dana White had estimated that UFC 217 would do a million PPV buys. While the definitive numbers have come out yet, he thinks his initial expectations have been “destroyed” – in a good w read news >>

UFC Fight Night 120 Athlete Outfitting pay: Highest non-PPV payout in program history

  • 6 days ago

Fighters from UFC Fight Night 120 took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Today in MMA History: Cain Velasquez dethrones Brock Lesnar, who faces the beginning of the end

  • 25 days ago

Neither Cain Velasquez nor Brock Lesnar could have known what a turning point the UFC 121 title fight would be in both of their lives.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants Ronda Rousey's record, but instead will history repeat itself at UFC 217?

  • 14 days ago

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a huge title defense in front of her at UFC 217, but could she be overlooking Rose Namajunas?Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 217 results: Georges St-Pierre makes history, chokes out Michael Bisping to win 185 title

  • 13 days ago

After four years away, Georges St-Pierre made UFC history on Saturday night. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 120 post-event facts: Matt Brown most prominent KO artist in UFC welterweight history

  • 5 days ago

Check out all the facts, figures and footnotes from UFC Fight Night 120, which took place Saturday in Norfolk.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>