UFC 1: The Beginning

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UFC 1: The Beginning (originally named The Ultimate Fighting Championship) 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 had no weight classes and consisted of single-round fights to the finish. The match only ended by submission, knockout, throwing in the towel, or referee stoppage due to a severe cut or injury. No gloves were allowed to be used by the fighters.

Despite being billed as having “no rules” there were limitations on what the fighters could do, including no biting and no eye gouging.

UFC 1 Post Fight Analysis

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Gerard Gordeau Teila Tuli TKO (Kick to the Face) 1 0:26
2 Kevin Rosier Zane Frazier TKO 1 4:20
3 Royce Gracie Art Jimmerson Submission 1 2:18
4 Ken Shamrock Patrick Smith Submission (Heel Hook) 1 1:49
5 Gerard Gordeau Kevin Rosier TKO (Corner Stoppage) 1 0:59
6 Royce Gracie Ken Shamrock Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 0:57
7 Jason DeLucia Trent Jenkins Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 0:52
8 Royce Gracie Gerard Gordeau Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:44
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