One of the highest profile MMA matches of modern times, which turned out to be a major disappointment.
On the same evening in NYC, Andre "The Giant" batlled Chuck Wepner in an MMA match that had alot more action.
Notice the ref is Judo Gene LeBelle in the Ali / Inoki match.
Keep in mind that the rules were favored towards Ali in this fight. Inoki was not permitted to "ground fight". Once it hit the mat, the ref was ordered to stand them up. During the brief periods that the fight went to the ground, once up. Ali began protesting and threatening to walk out.
Inoki throws an elbow at Ali at one point out of frustration.
The "Butt Scooting" on the part of Inoki made for a very boring fight. He did however cause some damage to Ali's legs (bloodclots)