During his appearance on WINCLY, former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and current MLW competitor Dominic Garrini revealed that he thinks the Brawl For All concept could be successful in today’s wrestling environment, and how he believes that it was actually a more dangerous competition than anything the UFC was doing in 1998. Here’s what he had to say:
I think if tailored properly and regulated properly, it’s something that could definitely be an idea. I think the way WWE had the rules set up, they never really knew what the rules were. They kinda wanted a Toughman contest but to appease certain guys they started to allow takedowns. They thought that takedowns would help college wrestlers like Dr. Death out. I think the round times make sense and the takedowns make sense, but if I can take you down then why can’t I submit you? That doesn’t make any sense to me.
The crazy thing about the Brawl for All is that it’s 1998-99 and this is the dark ages of UFC where everything is a human cockfight. But WWE was doing this right in front of athletic commissions and clearly this was more dangerous than anything the UFC was doing at the time. So I look at it that regulations have to be there and State Athletic Commissions probably need to get involved.
Poor PCO was out there fighting with one eye and that’s not fair whatsoever. I think if it had regulations and fight rules adjustments and had the right judges, then it’s something that could do well. But I don’t know how many guys are jumping at the bit to do it.
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