Before ADCC and the Submission Grappling era began, John Peretti, former producer of Extreme Fighting, created the Contenders event. The contenders event was a pay per view grappling event where NHB fighters (NHB is MMA ten years ago) grappled against some of the U.S. top wrestlers. Fighters included Carlos Newton, Renato Verissimo, Joao Roque and more!