Best Fights You've Never Seen: Ismail vs. Tadeu

While mixed martial arts is at its essence an individual sport, occasionally rivalries emerge that go beyond the two men in the ring at any given time. Such fights tend to bring out the absolute best in the competitors, as they find themselves fighting not only for themselves, but for the honor of their entire team or discipline.

Heated rivalries between Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team were a huge part of the appeal of PRIDE Fighting Championships. Go back a bit further and styles clashed and feuded, matching Kazushi Sakuraba's pro-wrestling against Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. While UFC 1 is generally credited as bringing the 'style vs style' storyline into the light, the fact is that this rivalry had been playing itself out in for decades before anyone had even heard of the Octagon.

Japanese judoka would travel to Europe and take on the best catch wrestlers, Muhammad Ali fought Antonio Inoki in a fiasco of a 'mixed-rules' bout, and in Brazil, practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu fought against Luta Livre stylists to determine which art was superior.

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 Wallid was still a Brown belt at this time, according to the video.

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 It's interesting to watch the pre-Unified Rules fights. That said, Wallid was fuming that night. 


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