Originally Posted by daweedy
Show me one real fight where he won and then we will talk. If anyone should be considered a grandfather of MMa, its Helio Gracie or some other Brazillian. Not some Asian actor beacuse Westerners loved that "mysterious martial arts crap" at the time.
If his western boxing is considered to be a measurment of his credentials as an MMa goodfather, then why not make Rocky Marciano a gradfather of MMA. I mean he was a great boxer, and boxing is used in MMA nowdays, isnt it
The only reason why anyone would say that Brucey had anything to do with MMA is beacuse UFC wants to cater to the older fans of martial arts as well - you know the guys who loved Asian martial arts movies
Because Rocky Marciano was only a boxer. Bruce Lee MIXED boxing with alot of other martial arts, therefore practising mixed martial arts. Obviously it wasn't as refined as it is today but it still was mixed martial arts, and he made it more famous and made more people start practising it than propably any other person before him had done.
And what does a fight with Bruce Lee have anything to do with what i said? I didn't say he's the best fighter of all time, obviously there is no evidence to prove such a thing, and there is no way we will ever know how he would do in a real fight against elite fighters.
It's his philosophy about fighting and him being and inspiration to so many fighters that make many people consider him the godfather of mma, but reading what u wrote i guess u only have seen enter the dragon and know nothing else about him.