I’m a sucker for things that harken back to the sport’s earliest days, when the cage was brutal and the heroes within it near mythical warriors.

Which is why I dig the promo pic Bellator posted to their Instagram. Below, you see MMA legend and pioneer Royce Gracie, working his infamous guard against stud Patricio “Pitbull” Friere. Obviously, Pitbull reps the modern generation of MMA fighter, but it’s cool to see the two vastly different generations goofing around like that.

Anyway, I thought it was cool.

Two of Brazil’s best @realroyce & @PatricioPitbull snap this epic photo! Who’s your MMA idol?! #Bellator153

A photo posted by Bellator MMA (@bellatormma) on