Friday November 12, 1993 at 10:00 PM ET – McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, United States
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
Attendance: 7,800 spectators (far more than the often reported 2,800)
PPV Buyrate: 86,000
On Air Personalities:
Commentator: Bill “Superfoot” Wallace
Commentator: Kathy Long
Commentator: Jim Brown
Analyst: Rod Machado
Interviewer: Brian Kilmeade
The original idea was to put world champions from eight fighting sports. But the so-called world champions, way out of their confort zone, weren’t too keen into participating into that kind of event. The event was a eight man/discipline, one night, single-elimination bouts, style against style, $50,000 winner take all, tournament. No Holds Barred, no rules, no time limit, no judges, no rounds, no breaks, no timeouts, no weight classes, no weight limits, no mandatory safety equipment, no gloves. Just eight men in an eight-sided cage, The Octagon. It was anything goes fighting to the finish. The only way to win being knockout, submission, or death. It was great, it was legalized street fighting, it was the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
JIU-JITSU Royce Gracie, 6’1″, 180 lbs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazilian and World Light Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
4th Degree Belt
26 years old
Future first UFC Hall of Fame inductee (with Ken Shamrock)
SAVATE Gerard Gordeau, 6’5.5″, 216 lbs, Amsterdam, Holland
1992 World Heavyweight French Savate Boxing Champion
Holder of the European French Savate Boxing Champion title for 3 years in a row
Dutch Karate Champion for 8 consecutive years
34 years old
SHOOTFIGHTING Ken Shamrock, 6′, 220 lbs, Lockeford, California
The number 1 ranked Shootfighter in Japan
From the Japanese Pancrase Association
29 years old
Pro Wrestling debut: 1990
MMA/Pancrase record: 3-0
Future first UFC Hall of Fame inductee (with Royce Gracie)
KICKBOXING Kevin Rosier, 6’4″, 265 lbs, Cheektowaga, New York
3 times WKA World SuperHeavyweight Kickboxing Champion & ISKA North American SuperHeavyweight Kickboxing Champion
Record: 66-8 (66)
31 years old
Pro Boxing record: 2(2 KO)-3(2 KO) in 1989 and 1990
BOXING Art Jimmerson, 6’1″, 196 lbs, St. Louis, Missouri
IBF North American Cruiserweight Boxing Champion
Record: 29-5 (20) since April 1985
30 years old
1983 National Golden Gloves Middleweight champion
3 years pro champion of the Japanese professional Sumo circuit
24 years old
Sumo record: 57-27-14 from March, 1987 to July, 1989.
His sumo name was Takamishu.
His highest rank was Makushita 2 (March, 1989)
TAE KWON DO Patrick Smith, 6’2″, 217 lbs, Denver, Colorado
1993 Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight Champion in Tae Kwon Do
3th Degree Black belt
Number 7 ranked SuperHeavyweight Kickboxer
With a dubious record of 250-0
30 years old
Pro Boxing record: 1(KO)-2(KO) since December 1992
KARATE Zane Frazier, 6’6″, 230 lbs, North Hollywood, California
WKF SuperHeavyweight Kickboxing Champion
4th Degree Black Belt in American Kempo Karate
4 times International Karate Champion
27 years old
Kickboxing record: 17-0
Received his shot in The Octagon after beating up Frank Dux, the real-life hero of the film Bloodsport, in a street fight.
UFC 1: The Beginning [EVENTO COMPLETO/FULL EVENT] – 1:29:07
Hello, this is the full video of the very first event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This was a dream coming true! A real-life Bloodsport / Street Fighter took place on November 12, 1993. Enjoy this priceless historical moment!
Quartas de final
Gerard Gordeau defeated Teila Tuli by TKO with a kick to the face at 0:26.
Kevin Rosier defeated Zane Frazier by TKO at 4:18.
ROYCE GRACIE defeated Art Jimmerson by submission at 2:18.
Ken Shamrock defeated Patrick Smith by submission with a heel hook at 1:51.
Gerard Gordeau defeated Kevin Rosier by TKO/corner stoppage at 1:03.
ROYCE GRACIE defeated Ken Shamrock by submission with a rear naked choke at 0:57.
ROYCE GRACIE defeated Gerard Gordeau by submission with a rear naked choke at 1:45 to become the first ever UFC champion.
Royce Gracie Tribute par 55Archangel
Here is a look back at Royce Gracie from UFC 1 where he defeated three combatants through the bracket to win the 1 day, open weight, bare knuckles, no rules, nowhere to hide, 8 man tournament. He submitted 3 fighters in a combined total of 4:56 on the same night.
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