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Toughman vs Tough Guy

Toughman vs Tough Guy controversy Toughman (Boxing) vs Tough Guy (MMA) 1979-1983   Toughman:  Est. 1979 by Art Dore, Bay City Michigan (Ardore) Tough Guy: Est. 1979 by  Bill Viola & …

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History of MMA

The History of MMA  “Mixing martial arts” Know your facts from fiction… History of MMA:  Exploring MMA’s roots and the origin of mixed martial arts. © Bill Viola Jr.  All rights reserved.  (used with …

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When did MMA start?

“March 20th was more than the beginning of Spring, it was the birth of what many are calling a new sport…This first-in-history event sold out three consecutive nights.”         –News-Dispatch (April …

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Len Pettigrew NFL meets MMA

Pro-Athletes entered the world of mixed martial arts long before the inaugural UFC in 1993.  Meet Len Petigrew, the first pro-sports athlete to cross-over and compete in MMA. Len Pettigrew …

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Tough Guy Law

The Tough Guy Law Q:  What was the legal definition of “Tough Guy” competitions A:  According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1981, CV Productions service marks:  “Tough Guy” & “Battle of Brawlers” events were legally …

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Dana Doubleday

Dana Doubleday The Zuffa Myth Americans have always been smitten with folklore; be it Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, or Davey Crockett, we just can’t help ourselves. The national pastime is …

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CV Productions MMA

CV (Caliguri and Viola) Productions Presents the Godfathers of MMA. The first mixed martial arts league in history (1979-1983). Mma Pioneers:  The Firsts CV (Caliguri and Viola) Productions was the …

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Jack Bodell

MMA Pioneer Jack Bodell Jack Bodell was contracted by CV Productions Inc. as a national MMA referee in 1979 and worked fights in New Kensington, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Philadelphia and Greensburg along side …

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Jacquet Bazemore

Jacquet Bazemore, Referee Today we have Big John McCarthy, but in 1979 we had Big Jacquet Bazemore. Jacquet was a Pioneer of mixed martial arts and the first MMA referee …

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Tough Guy Contest

Tough Guy Contest! The men who invented a new sport: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The Rise and fall of MMA 1979-1983 MMA’S FORGOTTEN FOREFATHERS The Tough Guy contest introduced regulated MMA competition …

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