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Godfathers of MMA - Mixed Martial Arts

  • I had no idea these fighters or league ever existed. These guys really are the Godfathers of MMA.  Being from Pittsburgh, I loved every minute of it.

    - Bill Leader, Martial Artist
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • Professional baseball, football, and hockey can all trace their early history to Western Pennsylvania. But most local sports fans will be surprised to learn that our region is also the birthplace of Mixed Martail Arts (MMA).

    - Anne Madaracz, Co-Director, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable MMA fan, but I I have a whole new respect for these guys.  The rules and the way they put on fight are almost a mirror image of what is used today. Those guys had the right playbook, too bad they got shut down.

    - Kevin Krisfalousy
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable MMA fan, but I I have a whole new respect for these guys.  The rules and the way they put on fight are almost a mirror image of what is used today. Those guys had the right playbook, too bad they got shut down.

    - Kevin Krisfalousy
  • Mixed Martial Arts may have been thousands of years in the making, but as a sport, a real sport with equipment, rules, scoring, and sponsors there is no doubt Bill and Frank set the bar. When people ask who invented the sport of MMA in America? It’s pretty cut and dry—Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri.  I know, I was an original fighter.

    - Dave Jones, Original Fighter
  • These guys came within an eyelash of a billion dollar payday. The UFC owes Pennsylvania politicians a big pat on the back because without them, they wouldn’t be in business today.

    - Tim Zontek
  • I had no idea these fighters or league ever existed. These guys really are the Godfathers of MMA.  Being from Pittsburgh, I loved every minute of it.

    - Bill Leader, Martial Artist
  • I had no idea these fighters or league ever existed. These guys really are the Godfathers of MMA.  Being from Pittsburgh, I loved every minute of it.

    - Bill Leader, Martial Artist
  • Before the UFC there was CV. Caliguri and Viola’s handprints are all over modern MMA, an idea they conceived decades before their contemporaries would gain a mainstream audience. The book is a fascinating trip exploring the evolution of a fledgling sport and its rise to global dominance.

    - Clem Williams, MMAhistory.org
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable MMA fan, but I I have a whole new respect for these guys.  The rules and the way they put on fight are almost a mirror image of what is used today. Those guys had the right playbook, too bad they got shut down.

    - Kevin Krisfalousy
  • Mixed Martial Arts may have been thousands of years in the making, but as a sport, a real sport with equipment, rules, scoring, and sponsors there is no doubt Bill and Frank set the bar. When people ask who invented the sport of MMA in America? It’s pretty cut and dry—Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri.  I know, I was an original fighter.

    - Dave Jones, Original Fighter
  • Professional baseball, football, and hockey can all trace their early history to Western Pennsylvania. But most local sports fans will be surprised to learn that our region is also the birthplace of Mixed Martail Arts (MMA).

    - Anne Madaracz, Co-Director, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • Mixed Martial Arts may have been thousands of years in the making, but as a sport, a real sport with equipment, rules, scoring, and sponsors there is no doubt Bill and Frank set the bar. When people ask who invented the sport of MMA in America? It’s pretty cut and dry—Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri.  I know, I was an original fighter.

    - Dave Jones, Original Fighter
  • Before the UFC there was CV. Caliguri and Viola’s handprints are all over modern MMA, an idea they conceived decades before their contemporaries would gain a mainstream audience. The book is a fascinating trip exploring the evolution of a fledgling sport and its rise to global dominance.

    - Clem Williams, MMAhistory.org
  • I had no idea these fighters or league ever existed. These guys really are the Godfathers of MMA.  Being from Pittsburgh, I loved every minute of it.

    - Bill Leader, Martial Artist
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • Before the UFC there was CV. Caliguri and Viola’s handprints are all over modern MMA, an idea they conceived decades before their contemporaries would gain a mainstream audience. The book is a fascinating trip exploring the evolution of a fledgling sport and its rise to global dominance.

    - Clem Williams, MMAhistory.org
  • Before the UFC there was CV. Caliguri and Viola’s handprints are all over modern MMA, an idea they conceived decades before their contemporaries would gain a mainstream audience. The book is a fascinating trip exploring the evolution of a fledgling sport and its rise to global dominance.

    - Clem Williams, MMAhistory.org
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable MMA fan, but I I have a whole new respect for these guys.  The rules and the way they put on fight are almost a mirror image of what is used today. Those guys had the right playbook, too bad they got shut down.

    - Kevin Krisfalousy
  • Professional baseball, football, and hockey can all trace their early history to Western Pennsylvania. But most local sports fans will be surprised to learn that our region is also the birthplace of Mixed Martail Arts (MMA).

    - Anne Madaracz, Co-Director, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
  • Bill and Frank are the true Godfathers of MMA!  I should know, I was there.

    - Jimmy Cvetic, President of WPA Police Athletic League
  • Mixed Martial Arts may have been thousands of years in the making, but as a sport, a real sport with equipment, rules, scoring, and sponsors there is no doubt Bill and Frank set the bar. When people ask who invented the sport of MMA in America? It’s pretty cut and dry—Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri.  I know, I was an original fighter.

    - Dave Jones, Original Fighter
  • Before the UFC there was CV. Caliguri and Viola’s handprints are all over modern MMA, an idea they conceived decades before their contemporaries would gain a mainstream audience. The book is a fascinating trip exploring the evolution of a fledgling sport and its rise to global dominance.

    - Clem Williams, MMAhistory.org
  • These guys came within an eyelash of a billion dollar payday. The UFC owes Pennsylvania politicians a big pat on the back because without them, they wouldn’t be in business today.

    - Tim Zontek
  • Bill and Frank are the true Godfathers of MMA!  I should know, I was there.

    - Jimmy Cvetic, President of WPA Police Athletic League
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • Professional baseball, football, and hockey can all trace their early history to Western Pennsylvania. But most local sports fans will be surprised to learn that our region is also the birthplace of Mixed Martail Arts (MMA).

    - Anne Madaracz, Co-Director, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
  • I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable MMA fan, but I I have a whole new respect for these guys.  The rules and the way they put on fight are almost a mirror image of what is used today. Those guys had the right playbook, too bad they got shut down.

    - Kevin Krisfalousy
  • Incredible to think a mixed martial arts revolution began in 1979... we just didn't know about it.

    - Rocky Whatule, Zanshin Martial Arts
  • A legitimate jab at boxing--the league was hand built to compete them at the box office. It’s a shame it played out the way it did. They [Caliguri and Viola] were obviously ahead of their time.

    - Larry Hunter
  • I had no idea these fighters or league ever existed. These guys really are the Godfathers of MMA.  Being from Pittsburgh, I loved every minute of it.

    - Bill Leader, Martial Artist
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