This is the only recording of Bruce Lee in a real MMA fight. He’s fighting Ted Wong here, one of his top students. They are wearing protective gear beacause they were NOT ALLOWED to fight without them.
Thanks to his many films, you’ve no doubt seen Bruce Lee kick some ass. (You’ve probably also seen him on our list of the 100 fittest men alive.) But you’ve likely never seen it for real—until today. Rare footage purporting to be his only real fight caught on video is now available.
While donning full protective gear, due to government restrictions, Lee takes on Tom Wong, one of his students. It may be hard to tell who’s who with all of the padding, but that confusion disappears as you see the mentor making light work of the mentee.
The footage, which has been restored from film, was posted to YouTube by a user known only as Beerdy who maintains a ton of footage of the late fighter and actor. While it’s unclear exactly where the fight took place, it was most likely in California, where Lee had his Jeet Kune Do school.
While none of the other footage on Beerdy’s page show real fights, you can still find some pretty interesting matchups, such as this footage of Lee beating a karate black belt while blindfolded: