Fighters Only Magazine, the World”s leading mixed martial arts and lifestyle magazine features CV Production”s Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri and the history of MMA in America dating back to 1979 in Pittsburgh in this months issue. The first competition, Battle of the Tough Guys, made the front cover. “Tough Guy Contest The Real Beginning of MMA in America” Take a look. The story is titled:
“Mixed martial arts in the United States was not conceived by the Gracie family and Art Davie in 1993, it actually began life 14 years earlier in a Pennsylvanian diner. FO reveals the untold story of… MMA”s Forgotten Forefathers”
The magazine is available on newsstands now.
The Pittsburgh region is finally getting the respect it has earned over thirty years ago. A great article on the history of the sport of MMA in the United States.
MMA Fans get ready for one of the most anticipated books in the sports history… Mixed Martial Madness explores the history of MMA and the birth of an american sport. The book gives a detailed account of the origin of the sport of MMA years before the UFC. Most fans don’t realize that organized, legalized mixed martial arts was established in 1979 in Pittsburgh.
Mixed Martial Madness is really a memoir chronicling the dramatic rollercoaster ride that was CV Productions ( Caliguri Viola ). The stories, now legends, are dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of modern MMA as a sport from its humble beginnings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through its tumultuous rise across the United States. Many people and groups have helped pioneer mixed martial arts, creating the worldwide phenomenon we know today. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) shook up the country with its no-holds-barred approach to televised combat, while the Gracie family inspired a completely new generation of martial arts fans and practitioners. Zuffa, LLC took their marketing strategy to an entirely new level and has since put MMA on a global scale as a multi-billion dollar industry. All of the hard work and dedication should be, and for the most part has been recognized and commended–almost.
As this book’s story unfolds, we aim to fill in the missing parts of the sport’s history and reminisce about the wild rise and fall of MMA from 1979-1983. Most fight fans don’t realize just how close they were to seeing a UFC-type entity thirty years ago.
For more info visit www.pittsburghmma.com