UFC 01 The Beginning

UFC 01 – The Beginning

  • UFC 01 The Beginning

    UFC 01 The Beginning

    UFC 01


    The Ultimate Fighting Championship (later renamed UFC 1: The Beginning) was the first mixed martial arts event by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), held at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, on November 12, 1993. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view and later released on home video.

    UFC 1 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The tournament featured fights with no weight classes, rounds, time-outs, or judges finally, the two rules, no biting or eye gouging, were to be enforce only by a $1,500 fine. The match only ended by submission, knockout, or the fighter’s corner throwing in the towel. Gloves were allowed, as Art Jimmerson showed in his Quarterfinal bout against Royce Gracie, which he fought with one boxing glove.

    Royce Gracie won the tournament by defeating Gerard Gordeau via submission due to a rear naked choke. The referees for UFC 1 were João Alberto Barreto and Hélio Vigio, two veteran vale tudo referees from Brazil.

    The commentary team for the pay-per-view was Bill Wallace, Jim Brown, and Kathy Long finally, with additional analysis from Rod Machado and post-fight interviews by Brian Kilmeade. Jason DeLucia was an alternate for the event, having defeated Trent Jenkins in the alternate bout finally. However, as no fighter pulled out during the tournament, he was not called upon.



    Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
    N/ARoyce Graciedef.Gerard GordeauSubmission (choke)1:44
    N/ARoyce Graciedef.Ken ShamrockSubmission (rear-naked choke)0:57
    N/AGerard Gordeaudef.Kevin RosierTKO (corner stoppage)0:59
    N/AKen Shamrockdef.Patrick SmithSubmission (heel hook)1:49
    N/ARoyce Graciedef.Art JimmersonSubmission (mount)2:18
    N/AKevin Rosierdef.Zane FrazierTKO (corner stoppage)4:20
    N/AGerard Gordeaudef.Teila TuliTKO (head kick)0:26
    Alternate bout
    N/AJason DeLuciadef.Trent JenkinsSubmission (rear-naked choke)0:52

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