MMA Ratings Podcast

November 12, 1993

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

MatchWinnerLoserMethodRoundTime
1Gerard GordeauTeila TuliTKO (Kick to the Face)10:26
2Kevin RosierZane FrazierTKO14:20
3Royce GracieArt JimmersonSubmission12:18
4Ken ShamrockPatrick SmithSubmission (Heel Hook)11:49
5Gerard GordeauKevin RosierTKO (Corner Stoppage)10:59
6Royce GracieKen ShamrockSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)10:57
7Jason DeLuciaTrent JenkinsSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)10:52
8Royce GracieGerard GordeauSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)11:44

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