HomeFight Videos Muhammad Ali Vs. Antonio Inoki Fight Highlight Video Bruno March 1, 2010 Fight Videos 40 Comments This was considered a MMA “fight” back in 1976. The bout ends in a 15 round draw so I’m not showing the complete match but it’s funny to look back Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki in their near prime days. Tweet Pin It KOTC Vet Antonion Mckee Calls Out BJ Penn James Toney Just Will Not Give Up UFC Dream 40 Comments vince March 1, 2010 Ali said that the leg kick Inoki delivered at 2:50 follow him throughout the rest of his career. Inoki is a legend in Japan to this day. He was responable for training the best japanese MMA stars, including Lyote “the dragon” machida. Log in to Reply TruNYC March 1, 2010 Funny, Lyoto reminds me of Ali. Log in to Reply Pocker March 1, 2010 is this the guy that slaps lyoto in the face Log in to Reply RPAUP38 March 1, 2010 1. Why did they make Ali wear boxing gloves? 2. Why was Inoki allowed to srtrike at Ali’s face without them? I remebered watching this fight when I was 10 yr’s old. I could’nt figure out then why Inoki kept falling down and kicking at Ali’s leg’s; “I thought it was the goofiest thing I had ever seen”. Log in to Reply Russ March 1, 2010 Wow, I know this was 30 years ago… But what the hell. Inoki just kicked and fell over 100 times. How did he get any credit for that fight? “he fought Ali and survived”? Yeah, well thats what happens when you fight a boxer and fall down on your back 300 times. Useless Log in to Reply rgood March 1, 2010 ali would have been destroyed if the ref had not stopped the ground game action. Log in to Reply milojustlaxin March 1, 2010 dude this is retarded…y would this fight happen…its like a friggin circus…ali is just making stupid faces while the other dude throws half assed flying leg kick or whatever….dumb Log in to Reply xlonic March 1, 2010 Thanks for showing this, glad this site is back up. Log in to Reply Ali.H March 1, 2010 I think itâ€™s fair to say, that calling this Ali in his â€˜â€™near prime dayâ€™â€™ is a gross overstatement. Ali was not, nor close to his prime during this event. Anyone familiar with Ali in the least bit would tell you the same. Aliâ€™s prime quite simply was from 66-until his ban. He came back fresh against Oscar and a few, but was never the same, like those glory years in the sixty. Log in to Reply becquer March 1, 2010 wtf Log in to Reply TheAlphaMael March 1, 2010 Well this made me lose alot of respect for Inoki and Machida. That was absolutely pathetic regardless of the tactics involved. Running at the guy, dropping to the floor and kicking him in the lag thats patehtic. Log in to Reply Murrell March 1, 2010 That was Gay! Log in to Reply stu11 March 1, 2010 I think the ref. was Judo Gene Labell Log in to Reply rza808 March 1, 2010 Lol Inoki dont want none of that thunder Ali has bottled in those gloves. Still it was pretty boring watching the same tactics over and over. There must have been weird ground rules cuz that elbow really put the Ali camp in a frenzy Log in to Reply Red X March 1, 2010 There seems to be a lot of bitching without understanding why Inoki was using drop leg kicks. That was one, of a set of last minute stipulations from Ali’s side. Inoki was only allowed to throw leg kicks if one of his knees were on the ground. Log in to Reply RidgeRunner March 1, 2010 I cant believe how Gay that strategy was by the japanese tool. jesus h christ Log in to Reply blzd March 1, 2010 lol @5:03 Log in to Reply blzd March 1, 2010 lol not 5:03 its 3:15 Log in to Reply Pasumecha March 1, 2010 Thanks for posting Bruno. I’ve never heard of this fight. It was weak but some of those leg kicks were leaving a mark… Log in to Reply aroc March 1, 2010 this was like i think ROCK 3? thunder lips vs rocky lol exhibition WHY DOES HE KEEP PULLING GAURD LOLOL>< Log in to Reply bloodangel90 March 1, 2010 The fight rules wouldn’t allow Inoki to kick unless he was on the ground. Log in to Reply Brendan March 1, 2010 Just goes to show you boxers have no game if you don’t just stand toe to toe with them. Thats why boxing is just a sport and not a true fighting style. Log in to Reply Yojimbo March 1, 2010 I wish I had been there …to boo like a madman Log in to Reply WarMMATKOMACHINE! March 1, 2010 For anyone that cares! The worked theory also arises from Inoki’s June 26, 1976 match in Tokyo with Muhammad Ali. Inoki initially promised Ali a worked match to get him to fight in Japan, but when the deal materialized Ali’s camp feared that Inoki would turn the fight into a shoot, which many believe was Inoki’s intention. Ali visited a professional wrestling match involving Inoki and witnessed Inoki’s grappling ability. The rules of the match were announced several months in advance. Two days before the match, however, several new rules were added which severely limited the moves that each man could perform. A rule change that had a major outcome on this match was that Inoki could only throw a kick if one of his knees was on the ground. In the match, Ali landed a total of six punches to Inoki, and Inoki kept to his back in a defensive position almost the full duration of the match of 15 rounds, hitting Ali with a low kick repeatedly. The bout ended in a draw, 3-3. Ali left without a press conference and suffered damage to his legs as a result of Inoki’s repeated leg kicks. Log in to Reply viking March 1, 2010 To everyone complaining about Inoki’s tactics: WTF?! You realize that this isn’t a boxing forum… right? Right? Log in to Reply sterling March 2, 2010 There is a lot of pride in here. Log in to Reply ruthless March 2, 2010 i hope i get a chance to be slapped by inoki one day. Log in to Reply Thxer March 2, 2010 Yea, it’s an MMA forum. And it was still ridiculous. Log in to Reply DynamiteK March 2, 2010 As far as i know, Ali’s camp made rules where Inoki could not punch with a fist, kick while standing, or grapple or wrestle at all. So pretty much he either could flop around on the floor like he did, or stand there and get punched by Ali… Log in to Reply B O B March 2, 2010 Grappler vs Striker in mma today would result in the exact same tactics but nobody would question them. Here, however, you have someone doing this — but negative criticism instead. As noted above, there were rules which limited the actions of both. People need to be less ignorant and become a little more refined between the ears. Log in to Reply vince March 2, 2010 This isn’t a serious fight. Its not like they took it serious. It was for charity and entertainment. This is the fight the Rocky was based off of. Everyone is talking about Inoki falling hahaha, come on. He was talking this fight for fun you think hes going to give the best boxer of all time a chance to hit him. Perhaps you guys should focus on the damage inflicted instead of the tactics. Log in to Reply vince March 2, 2010 to all you people that dudes give credit to Inoki shouldnt respect shogun for his last fight then Log in to Reply Lee March 2, 2010 Dumbasses above didn’t even read about the rules and started slamming the jap guy and sucking ali’s balls. Log in to Reply Steamer Bean March 2, 2010 I’ve heard about this for years but never seen any actual footage. Thanks Bruno. Of course the fight itself is kinda lame, but just the idea of it is awesome. Two legends from different disciplines agreeing to face off under an agreed upon set of rules in 1976. Pretty cool. Log in to Reply MMAsoldier39 March 2, 2010 Ummm.. first time in history a hybrid preformance. I don’t know what all of you were smoking, yes it is a mma forum, but boxing is incorporated. I still think Ali should get the respect he deserves no matter how bad he could of been submitted or anything else. His actions outside the cage is also respectful. I know very little about Antonio Inoki, but I could see he looked dangerous. To be honest this is a foreshadowing of a james toney fight except no rule changes. Log in to Reply Jonas March 2, 2010 must stupid fight I ever seen… Log in to Reply Mitch Rapp March 2, 2010 BOB the sport of MMA has evolved some since ****ing 1976. Boxing was king back then MMA was non-existant. The ignorance is on your part at not realizing the stupidity of the match, especially considering the tactics posed by Inoki . Do you think a boxer would still wear 10oz boxing gloves to a MMA match? Log in to Reply side control nightmare March 3, 2010 the ref would have kicked their ass in a real fight without sweating at all…. Log in to Reply paddedummy March 3, 2010 Ali got dominated even with the stupid rules about not being able to kick while standing, boxing aint shit Log in to Reply Kalika March 13, 2010 If you look at the history of the fight ALI guys wanted and got heaps of rules.It was suppose to be style against style,but when time came after all the hype ALI guys started making demands.No locks no this no that. So Inoki just did the only thing he could do.He wasnt even allowed to throw or grapple. Read before you criticize. There is a video of what went on with Inoki in it. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.