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CV Productions Inc.  “C” Frank Caliguri and  “V” Bill Viola

CV Productions, Inc., is a Pittsburgh, PA based mixed martial arts company, founded in 1979. It is considered the first MMA based company in the United States and responsible for creating the blueprint for modern mixed martial arts competition. The company promoted the first regulated league of mixed martial arts style competitions beginning in 1980 with the intention of creating a new sport.  The Pittsburgh, PA-based mixed martial arts company was founded in 1979. CV Productions was the first grass roots movement to develop mixed martial arts into a modern mainstream sport.  The World Martial Arts Fighting Association (WMAFA) sanctioned all CV Productions events.  This was the first regulatory body for mixed martial arts and oversaw the Tough Guy, Battle of Brawlers and Super Fighter events “Super Fighters League” (SFL).

Below is a video documentary made in 1980 of the first mixed martial arts league in the United States

CV Productions aka Pittsburgh MMA Inc was established in 1979 as the first mixed martial arts MMA company in America.

CV Productions is credited with establishing the first mainstream league of MMA competition in the United States in 1979 years before the UFC concept was conceived. The company was subject to a Senate hearing and ultimately outlawed by the “Tough Guy Law” SENATE BILL No. 632 Session of 1983, banning mixed martial arts style events. It was the first legal precedent for mixed martial arts in American history. Read more about this historic event in the new book Mixed Martial Madness by Dr. Fred Adams and Bill Viola Jr.

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About the author: Bill Viola Jr. is Amazon best-selling author and creator of the award-winning Sensei Says® life skills curriculum. He experienced the "Golden Era" of MMA firsthand as his father, Bill Sr., is credited as the co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts in 1979. His book Godfathers of MMA inspired the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME film Tough Guys where he acted as a producer alongside an Academy Award accredited team. The Viola family owns and operates Allegheny Shotokan Karate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now celebrating their 50-year anniversary (1969-2019). He is currently the President of Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp.

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