Unquestionably. His embracing of different styles, his training, his discipline and his nutrition were 40 years ahead of the rest of the world. Keep in mind, especially you younger members, that Bruce Lee was criticized even derided by most of the martial arts world of the sixties and early 70's. It wasn't until "Enter the Dragon" (released AFTER his death) that the martial arts world started to change and even then it was slow. It took others like Chuck Norris, Jim Arvanitis, Remy Presas etc. to continue with the idea of uniting different styles into one. Although Dana White obviously knows his stuff, what he should have said was that Bruce Lee slapped the martial arts world awake with his revolutionary ideas but the true father of the MMA is Helios Gracie, the now deceased founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He was fighting anyone from any style in a full contact, no rules type of combat 60 years ago. His sons commercialized it into what has become the UFC.
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