Event: Independent Promotion 1/1/1984
Winning Move: Rear Naked Choke
This is the match that put BJJ on the world map. Five years earlier, Gracie (185 pounds) beat Zulu (230 pounds) by rear naked choke. That victory made Gracie the most celebrated fighter in Brazil. When Zulu requested a rematch, Gracie gave it to him. The event was held on New Year's Day in Rio and attended by 20,000 fans. We're betting the the dime-to-dude ratio at that event was super lopsided.
Gracie won again, in convincing fashion, using the same choke. With nothing left to prove in Brazil, the Gracie family took its show on the road to California and Japan and the sport of MMA was born.