FRIDAY FIVE: 5 Most Influential Judoka in Modern MMA

Cage Nation Patch MMA.jpgBy: Albert Cameron – Thanks to the Gracie Family and Pay-Per-View in the 1990’s, we consider Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be in the upper echelon of grappling arts, especially when it comes to real world practicality. It was no secret that the early UFC events were glorified infomercials for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, but the unintended consequence was that we were given a crystal ball into how combat sports would evolve, change, and what kind of athletes would champion combat sports. At UFC 5, we’ve seen a wrestler capture the tournament championship (Dan Severn); with that victory, the evolution began. There had been enough exposure for the world to see for people to begin developing anti-BJJ techniques. Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: 5 Most Influential Judoka in Modern MMA”