FYI:Pittsburgh is the birth place of Modern MMA Mixed Martial Arts.

Learn more about the founding father’s of American MMA (Bill Viola & Frank Caliguri) at the Heinz History Museum.  A special exhibit will be on display in honor of the true pioneers of mixed martial arts in Pennsylvania and the United States.

Don’t be fooled by the hype… Pittsburgh hosted the first MMA type fights in America. Dubbed by the media as “organized legalized street fighting” promoters Bill Viola (Irwin, PA) & Frank Caliguri (New Kensingston, PA) developed the first organized league of MMA style championships in American History 1979-1981.