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UFC 1: The Beginning

UFC 1
  • Friday 11.12.1993 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG)
  • Venue: McNichols Sports Arena
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Bill Wallace, Jim Brown, Kathy Long
  • Ring Announcer: Rich Goins
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Rod Machado
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate):
  • Attendance: 7,800
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 86,000 | TV Ratings:
  • Number of Bouts: 8
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UFC 1: The Beginning was North America’s first mixed martial arts event broadcast on Pay Per View. Held on November 12, 1993 from the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, the event featured an open weight, “no-rules” tournament where fighters from around the world could pit their martial arts techniques against one another in a single-elimination eight-man tournament, with the winner awarded $50,000. Although the event was panned by critics and politicians, who saw the UFC as a barbaric blood sport no different from the time of the Roman Gladiators, it was a financial success, drawing a live crowd of 7,800 spectators (far more than an often-reported 2,800) and recording about 86,000 buys on Pay Per View.


The Event was originally going to be titled "The War of the Worlds" and was going to be in October on the same day anniversary as the famous Orson Welles 1938 broadcast.


The tournament marked the United States debut of future UFC superstar Ken Shamrock, as well as fellow UFC Hall of Famer and international martial arts sensation Royce Gracie, who swept all three rounds of the tournament, submitting Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau with flying colors and introducing the world to the dominance of the Gracie family’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighting system.

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UFC 1 Fight Card

Bout   Info
Royce Gracie   defeats   Gerard Gordeau   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Event | Tournament Finals
#45 Greatest Submission of All Time
  1:44 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Helio Vigio
Jason DeLucia   defeats   Trent Jenkins   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Card | Tournament Alternate
  0:52 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Royce Gracie   defeats   Ken Shamrock   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
#21 Greatest Submission of All Time
  0:57 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Helio Vigio
Gerard Gordeau   defeats   Kevin Rosier   via KO/TKO, Corner Stoppage
Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals
  0:59 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Joao Alberto Barreto
Ken Shamrock   defeats   Patrick Smith   via Submission, Heel Hook
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  1:49 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Helio Vigio
Royce Gracie   defeats   Art Jimmerson   via Submission
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  2:18 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Joao Alberto Barreto
Kevin Rosier   defeats   Zane Frazier   via KO/TKO
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  4:20 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Helio Vigio
Gerard Gordeau   defeats   Teila Tuli   via KO/TKO, Head Kick
Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals
  0:26 Round 1 of 1 Bout Page
Referee: Joao Alberto Barreto
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