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In 1995 the UFC wanted to promote weapon fighting, but it was ‘too extreme’

In 1995 the UFC wanted to promote weapon fighting, but it was ‘too extreme’

If this could have been the future of UFC then someone please point me in the direction of the nearest parallel universe in which this actually happened. At the very least point me in the direction of Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd so I can see just what he’s been doing the past twenty years. If you said appearing in obscure made for television movies, then you are correct.

‘Dog Brothers Martial Arts’ is something, but it’s definitely not MMA. Technically it’s mixed martial arts if you don’t mind mixing in a little deadly weapons in with your uchi-matas and sprawl training. Heck, they even have a website promoting it as such.

According to an article from Western Shooting Journal, In 1995 Dog Brothers Martial Arts was on the verge of being promoted by the UFC until it was deemed ‘too extreme’ after they watched a demo of the sport.

Dog Brothers extremeness was quite popular in the mid 90′s that UFC approached DB to promote full contact stick fighting in the “UFC”. However, after viewing a demo fight UFC felt it was too extreme for the television viewers, so it was passed.

They even have a letter from the UFC regarding their decision to decline promoting Dog Brothers on national television.

At no point do I ever want to try what has been deemed ‘The Gathering.’ According to Dog Brothers, this is the resounding embodiment of mixed martial arts.  We really can’t classify this activity as Street MMA since things are entirely too premeditated and actually have some sort of organization. So what now — we have an unclassifiable method of fighting and all we have is this video to show for it. Hmph, that should be good enough.

Check out what happened at the Dog Brothers Open Gathering just a couple weeks ago and notice that people are fighting with friggin’ machetes.

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