It’s a sadly misused term these days, thrown around mainly by youngsters who try to lend to themselves and their opinions the legitimacy of history.
“I do it old school, brah,” and so on.
Well, brah, no you don’t, but I digress.
When it comes to the topic of MMA, old school is a relative term. But for those who really are of the old guard, no one will argue against the term being directly associated with the IVC and WVC.
What are the IVC and the WVC, you ask?
It’s the International Vale-Tudo Championships and the World Vale-Tudo Championships, brah. It’s bare-knuckle MMA in a ring with a net at the bottom so fighters couldn’t roll out onto the floor. It’s all the normal attacks in MMA, plus head-butts and knees and kicks to the head of a downed opponent.
It’s old school, brah, in the land where “anything goes” really means something: Brazil.
Here are six bouts (plus one grappling match) with some big names you might recognize, doing it old school and keeping it real.