During UFC's beginnings, Street Fighter Kimo Leopoldo 260 lbs fought and lost to Brazilian-jujutsu expert Royce Gracie 180 lbs during UFC 3 where he proved again "You don't have to be the biggest guy or the one who hits the hardest. And you don't have to get hurt in a fight." (UFC 1 GRACIE'S VICTORY STATEMENT) It was an awesome fight to see a fighter 80 lbs lighter take on a bully type character and win.
Royce Gracie is a Hall of Fame athlete, whom I’ve followed from the beginning however I will disagree with him on all 3 sentences after watching UFC 100. First area of conflict is Gracie’s biggest guy statement, below are the weights of 3 sets of fighters who headlined the UFC Fight Card.
A prime Royce Gracie wouldn’t stand a chance to today’s Brock Lesnar; Gracie would probably get hurt within the first round and almost certainly admit that size does matter. After UFC 100, I would hope the UFC would manipulate weight classes to minimize difference to prevent another lopsided beating on PPV. UFC 100 showcased the pinnacle level of Mixed Martial Arts, which I believe is far superior to the days of UFC 1.
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