After Khabib Nurmagomedov won the undisputed UFC ligtweight title a couple weeks ago versus Al Iaquinta, MMA Fighters, Media and fans alike took to social media to bash his “lackluster” performance. Many fighters like Eddie Alvarez, Kevin Lee, Brendan Schaub, etc. trashed his performance in interviews and on social media. Khabib’s fans claimed he was just testing out his striking as to why he looked so bad. A new video has emerged explaining the reason he looked so bad and it’s because of Al Iaquinta’s wrestling skills.
11th ranked Iaquinta who is also a full time real estate agent took the fight on 1 days notice and coincidentally it only took him 1 round to figure out Khabib’s “Unstoppable Wrestling” before completely shutting him down for the rest of the fight. After getting taken down multiple times in round 1, Iaquinta made the necessary adjustments and forced Khabib to go 1-7 on takedown attempts in round 2-5 forcing him to stay standing where he looked “Amateur” according to Joe Rogan. Check out the video breakdown.
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Lets go back and look at the history of Mixed Martial Arts and how it all began. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called “War of the Worlds”. The tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, and kickboxing. The tournament would also feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos.
Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event’s creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise. WOW Promotions and SEG produced the first event, later called UFC 1, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993. Art Davie functioned as the show’s booker and matchmaker. The show proposed to find an answer for sports fans’ questions such as: “Can a wrestler beat a boxer?” As with most martial arts at the time, fighters typically had skills in just one discipline and had little experience against opponents with different skills.
The television broadcast featured kickboxers Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier, savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, karate expert Zane Frazier, shootfighter Ken Shamrock, sumo wrestler Teila Tuli, boxer Art Jimmerson, and 175 lb (79 kg) Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Royce Gracie—younger brother of UFC co-founder Rorion, whom Rorion handpicked to represent his family in the competition. Royce Gracie’s submission skills proved the most effective in the inaugural tournament, earning him the first ever UFC tournament championship after submitting Jimmerson, Shamrock, and Gordeau in succession. The show proved extremely successful with 86,592 television subscribers on pay-per-view.