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“Ali vs. Inoki” by Josh Gross
“Inoki can use his bare fists. He can use karate. This is serious. There’s $10 million involved. I wouldn’t pull a fraud on the public. This is real. There’s no plan. The blood. The holds. The pain. Everything is going to be real. I’m not here in this time of my life to come out with some phony action. I want you to know this is real.”
-- Muhammad Ali, June 14, 1976, “The Tonight Show”
On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali fought in a mixed-rules contest against iconic pro wrestling champion Antonio Inoki for the so-called “martial arts championship of the world.” Broadcast from Tokyo to a potential audience of 1.4 billion in 34 countries, the spectacle foreshadowed and, in many ways, led to the rise of mixed martial arts as a major sport.
The unique contest was controversial and panned by wrestling and boxing supporters alike, but the real action was behind the scenes. Egos, competing interests, and a general sense of apprehension over what would happen in the ring led to hodgepodge rules thrown together at the last minute. Bizarre plans to “save” Ali if the fight got out of hand were even concocted.
In Ali vs. Inoki, author Josh Gross, former executive editor of Sherdog.com, gets inside Ali’s head leading up to the match by resurrecting pre-fight interviews. Gross also introduces us to Inoki, the most famous face in Japan who was instrumental in shaping modern mixed martial arts.
UFC 3 for PS4
Every punch, kick, block and counter has been recaptured and rebuilt in EA Sports UFC 3 using cutting-edge Real Player Motion technology. With over 5,000 new animations captured and rebuilt from the ground up, you can now move, strike and create seamless combinations with the fluidity and freedom of the world’s best fighters.
Slip and strike while in full motion to execute dangerous counterattacks, adding new levels of strategy and competition to every fight. RPM Tech also recreates the styles of world-class UFC fighters, mirroring the look and feel of your favorites like Conor McGregor, Georges St. Pierre and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
UFC 3 for Xbox One
Powered by Real Player Motion Tech, EA Sports UFC 3 features cutting-edge animation technology that makes every move, every strike and every combination more realistic, responsive and rewarding.
The new damage system introduces more tension and thrill based on risk-vs-reward strategy. Fighter positioning, stance and vulnerability now has an even greater effect on the impact of each strike, making every punch thrown an opportunity to finish the fight, or leave yourself open to a devastating counter blow.
UFC 1 “The Beginning” DVD
This DVD captivates and shocks fans with the all real, no-holds-barred combat of the original UFC event. Extras include Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock commentary, on-camera introduction by Gracie and Shamrock, interview and multi-angle bonus fights.
Conor McGregor “Notorious” Blu-Ray
Filmed over the course of four years, “Notorious” is the exclusive, all-access account of Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parents’ spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven figure pay-packets in Las Vegas. Featuring unprecedented access, never before seen moments and explosive fight footage, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at a sporting icon and his spectacular rise from the bottom to the very top.
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