CV Productions is the first documented company to promote mixed martial arts as a sport to the American public in 1980. Popular promotions such as UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) were not held until 1993. CV Productions developed a fight format to appeal to mainstream audiences, and partnered with concert promotion specialists DiCesare-Engler Productions. After major successes in the Pennsylvania region, the company laid the ground work to expand. They were negotiating a national sponsorship deal for a $100,000 prize finale set for Las Vegas in 1981. (To put the magnitude of the prize money into perspective, the average salary for an NFL pro in 1980 was $78,657. The championships garnered so much fanfare so quickly that they were slated for a nationwide tour that would have taken them to nearly every major US city.
hy id say sammartino lee was the total package but 60 kg are not enough ali was a boxer and a boxer is very limited sammartino was a legend and had many brawls outside the ring where he used his fists look how sammartino Looks like with 77 years you will not belive it bye
Indeed, in my view, Bruce Lee was more a myth than a reality. Lee only won some boxing matches and a karate tournament.
Ali was a limited fighter. Look at his fight against Antonio Inoki.
Bruno Sammartino was legitimately one of the strongest men in the world. A 565 lbs bench press in a drug-free era without any supporting gear (bench shirt). He was a legit brawler. The famous shoot wrestler Antonio Inoki once refused to fight him.
Ali knocked out Kenny Jay and Buddy Wolfe who were superior to Bruno Sammartino in real wrestling.
Bruce Lee admitted Ali would "kill him" in a fight.
Ali was an incredible grappler for a boxer.
Kenny Jay and Buddy Wolfe were maybe legit shooter but they were pro wrestling jobbers (paid to lose).
Aside from a couple of amateur boxing match, Bruce Lee never any recorded official matches.
Take a look at how Gorilla Monsoon manhandled him like a ragdoll.