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What was the first MMA event in Europe?

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    There was a 'Rings Holland: Free Fight' in Amsterdam at February 1995.

    If we are talking about European promotions, i guess it was IAFC - Absolute Fighting Eurasian Championship in Moscow at July 1995.

    Anyone knows for events before that?
     
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    was gonna say IAFC
     
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    I've read about style matchups in Paris before 1st world war or just therafter. I remember one matchup was boxing vs jiujitsu.
     
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    Does style-vs-style match-ups automatically equate to MMA though? If that's the case you could even argue that guys like Jigoro Kano and his students were doing MMA.

    And yes, White Dragon is the first european MMA event on Sherdogs fight finder. There were however, alledgedly, many similar "freefighting" events before that as well. Just like there were Vale Tudo events in Brazil. What is and what isn't MMA gets really hard to define before UFC 1, since the very term MMA is an after-construction invented after people started fighting. Basically, its really hard to judge what constitutes MMA, another martial arts (like Sambo), and a simple street fight since they are all so similar.
     
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    Pretty cool that the White Dragon Day One event had a women's fight on the card.
     

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