While mixed martial arts has evolved over the years to become one of the safest and most regulated combat sports on the planet, it is not without its grey areas. Yes there are organizations like the UFC that put together sanctioned events. But there are also other “leagues” that exist, some even without rules.

Before they were famous, some of the guys on this list built their reputation in underground brawls. These fights are of course illegal, because no sanctioning body in their right mind would ever condone these “contests”.

The premise is simple. You basically have two fighters with no gloves on. There is no weight class, nor are there many rules. It’s just two guys looking to throw down with a bunch of other guys cheering them on.

Yup, before (or after) they became UFC fighters, these guys wowed small crowds in backyard brawls. Let’s take a look at Six UFC Fighters Who Fought in Illegal Street Fights.

Scott Ferrozzo and Tank Abbott

Former UFC fighters Scott Ferrozzo and David “Tank” Abbott first fought each other at UFC 11 over 20 years ago. It was a one-round contest that lasted 15 minutes with Ferrozzo being declared the winner by unanimous decision.

It was one of the most memorable fights in the history of the UFC. And to this day, it is still highly talked about. Even by new fans who have just now been able to see the video.

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The two never fought again inside the Octagon. What a shame, because a rematch would have been absolutely epic. Yet 15 years later, Ferrozzo and Abbott did the unthinkable. They decided to finally have their rematch — in someone’s backyard.

It was of course an unsanctioned brawl. And most likely illegal. The two were obviously way past their primes and showed their age. But it didn’t matter, because they were there to throwdown.

As expected, it wasn’t as good as their first encounter. Two old geezers wailing at each other is actually cringe-worthy TV. See for yourself.

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