Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Marie Ford was a pioneer of Pancration, the mixed combat style which is a combination of wrestling and boxing. When competing, Marie used the tactics of contemporary MMA fighters: she "softened" the opponent with accurate powerful punches and then vigorously grabbed him/her, threw down and pinned. At those times, they wrestled just for a pin rather than for a submission.
The idea to combine boxing and wrestling came to Marie when she performed in the American South. A well-endowed female giant challenged Marie to a fight and she had only established a weight limit for male opponents. Trained by the Marathon, Marie hoped to exhaust her much larger and stronger opponent and she eventually was victorious..
Edited from: www.fscclub.com