Originally Posted by twankydawg
I would like to see Sambo or something like that. MMA doesn't even have the same rules from one country to another, which set of rules would they use?
No different than basketball though. European basketball has different rules (tougher on fouls, they actually enforce traveling, different 3-pt line and box) than the US. I know Olympic rules are different from NBA rules too.
It'd definitely have to be amateur fighters too. It would also give wrestlers and judoka who competed at previous Olympics a chance to compete as mixed martial artists at a future game (just as long as they haven't gone pro).
I think the biggest obstacle would be that they would have to have what amounts to a 32-man Grand Prix over the course of two weeks. That seems like a lot according to today's MMA. Now, MMA circa 1997...no problem. They could knock it out in a day and still have time for commercials.
I've always wondered why some of the other disciplines weren't in the Olympics. Jiu-jitsu and sambo would be interesting to see. I think they fall into the same category as football in that they're considered more 'regional' skills/sports (sambo in russia, JJ in brazil, football in america).
As for top teams in Olympic MMA, you gotta think Brazil, Japan, Russia and the US would be right in the thick of it.