Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros
Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros

Bruce Lee might be the ‘father of MMA’ – UFC president Dana White said it, but the kung fu icon’s only official fight against a boxer was mixed martial arts

From fight scenes in films like Enter the Dragon to passages in his book the Tao of Jeet Kune Do and the single official fight he ever participated in, MMA arguably owes a debt to Bruce Lee’s legacy – his patented fighting style, after all, favours ‘any technique or means which serves its end’ – the very definition of ‘mixed martial arts’

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Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros
Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, which showcased early elements of MMA. Photo: Golden Harvest and Warner Bros
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