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the-history-of-fighting:

In December of 1908, Sam McVea (top) was one of the top heavyweight boxers in the world. During this time, the boxing-crazed Parisians were going mad over the new sport of “all-in” fighting, better known today as mixed martial arts (MMA).

A fight was arranged between Mr. McVea and Tano Matsuda (middle), a man falsely billed as a “The Japanese World’s Champion of Ju-Jitsu”. As soon as the fight started, Tano rushed McVea, who let loose with fearsome left hook which caught Matsuda squarely on the jaw, dropping him to the canvas.

Since striking on the ground was allowed, McVea followed up but only lightly as his opponent was finished. The referee quickly stopped the action, and in only eight seconds it was over.

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