I have a two part question. Fight Historians please chime in, or anyone else for that matter.
By now we’re all aware that the Ancient Greeks had a combative sport called Pankration which could be argued is the original MMA. What do you think the matches looked like? What did the striking look like, subs, grappling, etc…? How did these fights look?
I have no doubt that the participants in these matches were some tough dudes. The rules, or lack there of, tell us this.
If we took a champion from back then and had him face a champion from today in the same weight class, how would the fight go down? Would the modern day MMA champ win 9/10 due to the advantage of having techniques that the ancient fighter would not be aware of? Could the ancient fighter maybe have some old school stuff up his sleeve that modern MMA has left in the past?