The extinct Rings was an odd event. The rules of the Japanese production were peculiar – for example, when on the ground the fighters weren’t allowed to hit their opponents in the head. Beyond that, the judges seemed to roll dice to decide fights, such was the quantity of controversial results the event accumulated.
But, to be fair, the promoters only hired the cream of the MMA crop of the day – and even allowed the aces of present day to break through. As was the case with Ricardo Arona and Fedor Emelianenko, until then an unknown Russian.
The two faced off in Osaka ten years ago, in December of 2000, and the outcome was a unanimous decision. Do you agree with it?