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10 years before the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In 1979, Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri dreamed up a contest pitting barroom bigmouths against wrestlers, martial artists, boxers, bouncers and brawlers, billed as no-holds-barred new type of competitive fighting. When the fights succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, they were swept up in a chain of events that ended in the first mixed-martial arts ban in the nation. “Tough Guys” chronicles the inception of Caliguri and Viola’s first bouts and the colorful, crazy cast of fighters who made them a hit as well as the politicians who brought it all crashing down. The film brings to life a moment when the national martial arts craze was building to a crescendo as the economies of Pennsylvania steel towns were plummeting to levels of unemployment never seen, breeding desperate men looking for a chance to prove their worth and make some money in the ring.
Straight to the point Caliguri and Bill Viola were two companions that had a dream. What they did has been overlooked by many however Bill Viola Jr, Bill’s child, needed to get the record clear as to their part in the historical backdrop of MMA and composed a book which developed into the narrative that Morgan Spurlock has created. The book is titled “Adoptive parents of MMA: The Birth of an American Sport”.
The narrative clarifies how they both began in combative techniques and why and how they thought of the idea in 1979. How they began Karate coordinates at first however many didn’t consider it important. So they raised the stakes. Imagine a scenario in which it was a blend of styles. They chose it must be a mix of battling styles for there to be an extreme champ.
Bill Viola made the guidelines for the matches which are still to a great extent utilized today also. For officials the pick Jacquet Bazemore and Jack Bodell. They experienced a progression of names and chose “Intense Man” with the principal battle in March 1980 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
It immediately began developing and they had a progression of matches planned for Pennsylvania paving the way to the enormous occasion.
They at that point found there is another promoter Art Dore who has a “Toughman” battle booked that day and a similar place. Little world, isn’t that so?
It turns out Art Dore is a boxing promoter from Bay City, Michigan, and he had begun “Toughman” battles there a year and 2 months before Bill and Frank had.
Accordingly, they changed the name to the “Extreme Guy” rivalry with the headliner titled the “Skirmish of the Brawlers”. The battle was a major hit, play on words expected.