MMA Classic: Helio Gracie vs. Yukio Kato

Ever wonder what the early days of MMA looked like?  This legendary fight between the Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Yukio Kato took place long before the word “MMA” even existed.  On September 29, 1959 these two pioneers of MMA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  This fight helped cement the legacy of the Gracie’s as one of the world’s greatest fighting families.

Check out the old footage from this legendary battle below.

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