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Roots of Fight Honors Combat Sports Icon “Judo” Gene LeBell with Short Film and Event T-Shirt


On the 50th anniversary of “Judo” Gene LeBell’s historic match against former middleweight boxer Milo Savage comes this short film and accompanying T-Shirt from Roots of Fight. Considered by many to be the first sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts match in history, Lebell vs. Savage was a night to remember when Judo was pitted against Boxing to see which style reigned supreme. During that memorable encounter on December 2, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah, “Judo” Gene managed to use a traditional harai goshi throw to get Savage to the ground, where he then choked him to sleep in front of an upset hometown crowd. Check out the short film below which recaptures the historic fight, featuring commentary from BJ Penn, “Big” John McCarthy and “Judo” Gene’s protege Ronda Rousey, followed by a closer look at the Roots of Fight LeBell vs. Savage Photo Shirt.


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