Ten years before the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, two karate promoters and their fighters, a rough group of barroom brawlers, bikers, teachers and steel workers, pioneered the first mixed-martial arts league in the nation.
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Credited cast:
Amber Banaszewski ...
Waitress
Jacquet Bazemore ...
Himself - Referee
Jack Bodell ...
Himself - Referee
Ann Butler ...
Herself - Pittsburgh Press Reporter
Frank Caliguri ...
Himself
Dann Carr ...
Himself - Ringman
Jamie Crowder ...
Danny Mad Dog Moyak
Jimmy Cvetic ...
Himself
Anthony DeNunzio ...
Frank Caliguri
Richard DiBiase ...
Bar Patron
Darin DiNapoli ...
Partier
Art Dore ...
Himself
Jerry Edwards ...
Strip Club Patron
Tina Efferin ...
Waitress
Patrick Ginnetty ...
Mike Murray
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Ten years before the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, two karate promoters and their fighters, a rough group of barroom brawlers, bikers, teachers and steel workers, pioneered the first mixed-martial arts league in the nation.

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Himself - Ringman: Now that's Roman. That is Roman right there. You kick everyone's butt, take the women. That's how they did it in the old days.
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Tough Guys the real deal - Spoilers follow
17 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Frank Caliguri and Bill Viola were two friends that had a vision. What they did has been forgotten by many but Bill Viola Jr, Bill's son, wanted to get the record clear as to their part in the history of MMA and wrote a book which grew into the documentary that Morgan Spurlock has produced. The book is titled "Godfathers of MMA: The Birth of an American Sport".

The documentary explains how they both got started in martial arts and why and how they came up with the concept in 1979. How they started Karate matches initially but many didn't take it seriously. So they upped the ante. What if it was a mix of styles? They decided it had to be a combination of fighting styles for there to be an ultimate winner.

Bill Viola created the rules for the matches which are still largely used today as well. For referees the choose Jacquet Bazemore and Jack Bodell. They went through a series of names and selected "Tough Man" with the first fight in March 1980 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

It quickly started growing and they had a series of matches scheduled in Pennsylvania leading up to the big event.

They then discovered there is another promoter Art Dore who has a "Toughman" fight scheduled the same day and the same place. Small world, right?

It turns out Art Dore is a boxing promoter from Bay City, Michigan, and he had started "Toughman" fights there a year and 2 months before Bill and Frank had.

As a result, they changed the name to the "Tough Guy" competition with the main event titled the "Battle of the Brawlers". The fight was a big hit, pun intended.

As they are going into the next year of matches a death occurs and the big twist starts. I won't say what it was. Watch the show and be amazed!


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