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UFC 1: The Beginning
The poster for UFC 1: The Beginning.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date November 12, 1993
Venue McNichols Sports Arena
City Denver, Colorado
Attendance 7,800[1]
Buyrate 86,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 1: The Beginning UFC 2: No Way Out

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.[3][4]


UFC 1 co-created by Rorion Gracie and Art Davie, used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000.[5] The tournament featured fights with no weight classes, rounds, or judges. The three rules, no biting, no eye gouging, and no groin shots were to be enforced 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.[6] 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, 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. However, as no fighter pulled out during the tournament, he was not called upon.


Weight class Method Round Time Notes
N/A Royce Gracie def. Gerard Gordeau Submission (rear naked choke) 1:44
N/A Royce Gracie def. Ken Shamrock Submission (sleeve choke) 0:57
N/A Gerard Gordeau def. Kevin Rosier TKO (corner stoppage) 0:59
N/A Ken Shamrock def. Patrick Smith Submission (heel hook) 1:49
N/A Royce Gracie def. Art Jimmerson Submission (mount) 2:18
N/A Kevin Rosier def. Zane Frazier TKO (corner stoppage) 4:20
N/A Gerard Gordeau def. Teila Tuli TKO (head kick) 0:26
Alternate bout
N/A Jason DeLucia def. Trent Jenkins Submission (rear-naked choke) 0:52

UFC 1 bracket

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Netherlands Gerard Gordeau
United States Teila Tuli
Netherlands Gerard Gordeau TKO
United States Kevin Rosier 0:59
United States Kevin Rosier
United States Zane Frazier
(American Kenpo)
Netherlands Gerard Gordeau 1:40
Brazil Royce Gracie SUB
Brazil Royce Gracie
United States Art Jimmerson
Brazil Royce Gracie SUB
United States Ken Shamrock 0:57
United States Ken Shamrock
United States Patrick Smith

See also


  1. ^ "UFC 1: The Beginning". tapology.com. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Walter, Donald F. , Jr. Mixed Martial Arts: Ultimate Sport, or Ultimately Illegal? Grapplearts.com. December 8, 2003. Retrieved June 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (November 15, 1993). "Television: Pay-Per-View Battle, Instead of Being Merely Gory and Funny, Gets Interesting After the First Two Bouts". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (1 April 1994). "Black Belt". Active Interest Media, Inc. Retrieved 6 September 2017 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Rossen, Jake (2009-07-14). "Lesnar, GSP Lead UFC 100 Bounty". Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  6. ^ "UFC 1: The Beginning: Playboy, Mortal Kombat and the hunt for an ultimate fighter". 9 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

External links

  • UFC 1 results at Sherdog.com
  • UFC 1 fights reviews
  • Official UFC website
  • MMA Mental History UFC 1
  • MMA Origins: UFC 1
  • The Brutal Beginnings of the UFC
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