‘Grandfather of MMA’ Bruce Lee and his starring role in the birth of modern mixed martial arts

  • Hong Kong martial artist was many fighters’ first exposure to mixing various disciplines, and a one-minute scene in film ‘Enter the Dragon’ is considered a seminal moment in the sport’s development
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What we now know as MMA began with organised street fights in Hong Kong. Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

How Bruce Lee and street fighting in Hong Kong helped create MMA (long before it emerged as UFC)

  • SCMP Sport investigation discovers that modern mixed martial arts has its roots firmly in Hong Kong
  • Bruce Lee was among the earliest adopters of techniques that would become MMA
Topic |   Mixed Martial Arts in Hong Kong

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What we now know as MMA began with organised street fights in Hong Kong. Illustration: Adolfo Arranz
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