Who Wins in a Fight Between Bruce Lee vs Muhammad Ali? | Explained
Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali are some of the most famous names in both Martial Arts as well as combat sports.
Many fans wonder what would happen if Bruce Lee faced off vs Muhammad Ali in a fight?
In this page, we will explain.
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Who Wins in a Fight Bruce Lee or Muhammad Ali
In a street fight, Muhammad Ali would would mop the floor with Bruce Lee. Not only is Ali several weight classes heavier (236 lbs vs 140 lbs), but Ali made a career out of fighting the scariest men on the planet.
Lee's best chance to beat Ali in a fight would be by implementing leg kicks, as Antonio Inoki once did vs Ali in a special rules fight.
Inoki would land an absurd 107 leg strikes on Ali, however even that wasn't enough as the fight would end in a draw.
Bruce Lee stands at 5 ft 7 inches and 140 lbs.
Muhammad Ali stands at 6 ft 3 inches and 136 lbs.
Although Bruce Lee would have the cardio advantage versus most fighters, this isn't the case as that is one of Ali's biggest strengths.
Bruce Lee Says Ali Would Beat Him
Bruce Lee himself has said on record that Muhammad Ali is someone that he wouldn't be able to beat in a fight.
Everybody says I must fight Ali some day,’ Bruce said, ‘I’m studying every move he makes. I’m getting to know how he thinks and moves.’ Bruce knew he could never win a fight against Ali. ‘Look at my hand,’ he said. ‘That’s a little Chinese hand. He’d kill me.'”
Who is Bruce Lee?
Bruce Lee is a martial artist, the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a director, actor and producer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest martial artists of all time. Lee was known for living, breathing and thinking about martial arts every second of his adulthood.
Lee is also famous for teaching martial arts to students who were not of Chinese descent. Decades ago, it was frowned upon to do this, and Lee was a huge step into breaking this stereotype.
Lee also created Jee Kune Do, as a hybrid martial art, explaining that it is 'They style of no style'. He cited that traditional martial arts was too formalized and contained a set of movements that would not be effective in a street fight.
In a street fight, everything is so chaotic as far as what an opponent can do and what the environments and surroundings are. Creating an efficient martial art that would be flexible and able to work in all environments and opponents, while maximizing practicality, speed and efficiency was the goal of JKD.
Who is Muhammad Ali?
Muhammad Ali is arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time, fighting in the Heavyweight division and introducing a completely different and unique skill-set in that era.
Ali would introduce impressive cardio in a muscle-filled division, along with insane reflexes and foot work.
Additionally, he would rise to stardom as he was known to trash talk his opponent, and then actually deliver the results in the fight.
He would retire with a record of 56 wins (37 knockouts) and 5 losses.