6 January 2005 | bgperes
No doubt, one of the best UFC of the early times.
This tournament is surely one of the best UFCs of the 90's.
Marco Ruas takes the game up to a whole other level. There have been guys in the UFC before, that have cross-trained, but not like him. For the first time in the UFC, you have a fighter who can effectively wrestle, strike, and fight on the ground. Ruas Vale-Tudo's motto back in the day was: "If he likes to punch or kick, I'll take 'im down, if he wants to take me down and fight on the ground, I'll keep standing and strike him".
Today, cross-training between different styles might be nothing new, but back then in '96 it was unheard of for most people. And even those fighters who had some cross-training couldn't blend their styles very well, and were all still too dependent on a single style.
Marco had been cross-training since his youth, and he was already using boxing/luta-livre (grappling) techniques since his early fights in Brazil in the 80's. In '96 he was able to show the martial arts world that Brazil had a lot more than just Jiu-Jistu.
This is HISTORICAL. If you like martial arts, fighting sports, or just some one-on-one REAL fighting action, this tape is for you.