What is Pancrase? A Primer

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(Excerpted from The MMA Encyclopedia by Jonathan Snowden and Kendall Shields)

Many people assume that modern MMA started with UFC 1 at the McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, in November 1993. In fact, the first mixed fights had taken place months earlier at the Tokyo NK Hall in Japan, where a small troupe of maverick pro wrestlers had taken the wrestling business back to its roots.

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