To understand real martial arts fights and how they evolve, you must first understand how fighting styles shifted during the rise of globalization in the 20th century. Before the 1960s, martial arts training was something largely restricted to people of Asian descent, so many Westerners only knew techniques like standard boxing. But thanks to famous fights by the likes of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Wong Jack Man, different fighting techniques grew in popularity. Furthermore, as attitudes grew less sexist, such changes also allowed for women to enter the fray more freely. Because of changes in attitude and a number of dedicated martial artists, people may now choose between a wide variety of martial arts and fighting styles.
Below are the seminal fights that led to the fighting scene of today. Some of them included fatalities while others ended in mere seconds. But each showcases how a different fighting style or mentality completely shifted the form of martial arts. Many martial artists still hold allegiance to one style over another, but when push comes to shove, the only style that'll save you is the one that works.
Bruce Lee vs. Wong Jack Man
Rick Roufus vs. Changpuek Kiatsongrit
Kim Duk-koo vs. Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini
Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock UFC 1
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche