With all the hype about Brock Lesnar’s UFC debut this saturday, I thought it would be useful to review the careers of some of the prominent wrestlers in MMA and discuss some of the pitfalls they met in their early days in MMA.
First up, Dan Severn, the trailblazer, the first wrestler to enter MMA, the first to win a UFC tournament, the first to win a UFC championship belt, one of the first to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. But he had some hiccups along the way.
First he met Royce Gracie and discovered the triangle choke (see it here). Then he met Ken Shamrock and learned about the guillotine (see it here).
Here’s how a writer for Slate.com described the Gracie-Severn fight in 1999:
It seems very unlikely that Mir will catch Lesnar in a guillotine — especially one like Shamrock used on Severn that didn’t even involve controlling the opponent’s body. But Mir has won a fight with a triangle before. Will Lesnar make the rookie wrestler mistake of leaving his neck out there? Will Frank Mir surive the onslaught and “choke the giant into submission”? We’ll see on Saturday.
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