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Proto-MMA: Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki

Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki was a no holds barred contest from 1976, held in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan. Ali bragged to Ichiro Hatta, president of the Japanese Amateur Wrestling Association that no oriental fighter could beat him or even dare to step in the same ring as him. Ali's ballsy brag made headlines in Japan and Carl Gotch trained Catch Wrestler Antonio Inoki took him up on his challenge for 6 million dollars. The thing is, Inoki (the wrestler) wasn't allowed to shoot for takedowns, throw or clinch. He also couldn't kick unless he had one knee on the mat. Ali had no restrictions imposed on him and was allowed to do pretty much anything. Basically, the entire "fight" Inoki had to rely on Ali's (non-existant) willingness to take the fight to the ground. This "fight" is considered by many to be a precursor to modern MMA. What do you Maniacs think?

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