June 26, 1976 - Tokyo, Japan - Japanese professional wrestler ANTONIO INOKI kicks American boxer MUHAMMAD ALI during their bout held at the Nippon Budokan. Ali was the reigning WBC/WBA Heavyweight Champion and Inoki was staging exhibition fights against champions of various martial arts, in an attempt to show that pro wrestling was the dominant fighting discipline. The fight itself, which was fought under special rules, is seen as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts The result of the fight has been long debated by the press and fans. The fight was refereed by G. LeBell. (Credit Image: ©

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June 26, 1976 - Tokyo, Japan - Japanese professional wrestler ANTONIO INOKI kicks American boxer MUHAMMAD ALI during their bout held at the Nippon Budokan. Ali was the reigning WBC/WBA Heavyweight Champion and Inoki was staging exhibition fights against champions of various martial arts, in an attempt to show that pro wrestling was the dominant fighting discipline. The fight itself, which was fought under special rules, is seen as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts The result of the fight has been long debated by the press and fans. The fight was refereed by G. LeBell. (Credit Image: ©

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