The Fight That Changed Striking History

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  • Chris

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    God, I’m old. I remember watching this live. Wow, yes, a lot to be said about toughening up the legs and having good low kicks.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Control the distance and you control the fight. Joe Lewis

  • Mike

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    That was my favorite video from you so far. Amazing how quickly the internet made the world smaller. 1988, wasn’t all that long ago, but apparently it was in the context of martial arts. People did not know the effectiveness of muay thai yet. They didn’t realize the devastation of leg kicks.

    • Zach

      Reply Reply January 26, 2018

      It was 29 years ago.

    • Savage

      Reply Reply January 26, 2018

      Look what happends months ago MCgregor + box. And Im fu.kin agre besta video from trav

  • Ben

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Rick dominated the upper striking while the Thai fighter’s devastating low kicks was too much. Thai ‘s philosophy destroy the foundation, no footing ,no punching power.

    • tony

      Reply Reply January 27, 2018

      that is a spot on comment there… i thought that if Rick could have switched to left hand he would have had a much better chance but dang them kicks to the soft leg tissue are killer

  • Matt

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Jeff Roufus’ comments totally missed the point. “It doesn’t take much talent to kick somebody in the legs.” If talent were the issue we’d have to give the fight to Michael Jordan. Talent ain’t the issue Jeff.

  • victor

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    that was devastating, a very painful lesson indeed-love the videos as always, keep them coming

  • Vince

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    ”Doesn’t take too much talent to kick the legs” said the corner man.
    Yep..

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Why wasn’t the first round a tko?

  • Rick Marrero

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    I thought 1st round could have been tko. Not sure of all the rules involved just an opinion.

  • Philip

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Practical way to fight someone taller in a street fight.

  • Todd Johnson

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    All I can say is wow! Great footage!!
    I like the contract!..

  • Savage

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    Ofc any way . But muay tai in cage?? With mcgregor ??
    Or Shaoline master with boxer . Holy moly

  • Alan

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    I saw an analysis of this fight on an YT channel sometime ago. Really impressive. I heard that the thai fighter broked the jaw when he was punched on the first round. Is nice to see how he changed to a more defensive stance (on hands) and begin to use the low kicks to attack – very strategic.

  • Gareth

    Reply Reply January 26, 2018

    What a circus. That was some quality entertainment and illustrates value of the low roundhouse and being able to check it. The Americans were so salty after. Pure gold.

  • johnny cage

    Reply Reply January 27, 2018

    just kick the balls …

  • Alan

    Reply Reply January 27, 2018

    Devastating legs kicks..
    Put the Muay Thai fighter in Against a top bjj guy these days and if it goes to the ground there is only one winner . If bjj guy can get it to the ground.
    That’s why I love martial arts. FASCINATING.

  • Enso

    Reply Reply January 27, 2018

    Little dark skin Asian beats American hero.
    If it doesn’t take much talent to kick to the legs maybe you can learn to do it too Dhd

  • steve

    Reply Reply January 27, 2018

    No bias from the Ref there.

  • Leonard

    Reply Reply January 27, 2018

    Both of those guys were TOUGH! Do you think cooling the Thai boxers head with ice water helped that much–he seemed on the edge of unconsciousness toward the end of the first round as he lay under the ropes, but came back stronger than I would have expected…

  • Clayton

    Reply Reply January 29, 2018

    Once he knew he could hurt him the end was visible, and the attempted kick to the head by Roufus AFTER the knockdown looked like it woke sonsgrit up. He sure seemed to pour the power into those kicks afterward eh. I have to wonder what would have been said if Roufus had landed that kick to the face when sonsgrit was down? Legal? probably. but…. eh and eh and shmeh! Great vid keep ’em coming!

  • Morgan

    Reply Reply January 31, 2018

    Rufus had that HEART THOUGH he was swinging he was swinging

  • Marc

    Reply Reply February 2, 2018

    Thats the thing with martial art Sports, there are rules. I am a Muay Thai respecter though I train elements of ANY martial art (MMA) if it fits well into my smaller arsenal of fighting moves/techniques. Technically the Yank would have won that fight as he dropped the thai fighter twice! But rules for rest and rounds etc allow them to come back, he won from real toughness and them destroying kicks. In the street, Muay thai may not really have its place against other fighting styles, where as boxing really is a diamond style. Add the kicks in you have the common kick-boxing, taewkondo etc etc. In fast street fights they really do well and excel as much as I don’t like them
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  • Potts

    Reply Reply February 3, 2018

    Rick contains all of his kicking power in his sideburns
    Both were no where to be found

  • Bruce

    Reply Reply February 4, 2018

    Extraordinary. Two strong fighters. Bravery +
    Simple strong technique by Thai vs flashy technique by USA
    Ability to take the punishment proving the winning edge for the Thai.
    I wonder how this would go down on the street? The Thai went down first and probably that would have been the decider BUT maybe he wouldn’t be first down had he been allowed to use his full repertoire of clinching and throws.
    He lost this one but I wish I could move like Rick Roufus

  • Jerry

    Reply Reply February 7, 2018

    Holy Crap. That was freakin awesome. In a fight where the rules were slanted toward the American fighter, the Thai fighter absolutely destroyed. In the end, everyone talked about this rule and that rule. Whatever. What works in the street is golden. Roufus should thank his stars elbows, plums, knees and the sweeps weren’t allowed.

  • Candido

    Reply Reply February 12, 2018

    There was clear bias in favor of Roufus, the ref did everything he could to cater to him. Soooo many point deductions. Scolded him like a child. The Thai fighter killed those legs though and surely seemed outmatched in the first round. It was a powerful 1 trick display that stole not only Roufus’s confidence but that of his supporters as they were obviously pained at the thought of having to accept the obvious results. Kicks that hurt the heart and soul, not to mention those damn legs.

  • Rick

    Reply Reply February 14, 2018

    Brutal efficiency and goes to show how ignorant people were back then about other martial arts. And then it would be a number of years until grappling would be integrated into the advent of MMA. Very cool video.

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