|UFC 1: The Beginning|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 12, 1993|
|Venue||McNichols Sports Arena|
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.
UFC 1 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The tournament had no weight classes and consisted of 5 minute 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. Gloves were allowed as shown by Art Jimmerson in his Quarterfinal bout against Royce Gracie, Jimmerson had only one boxing glove on.
Despite being billed as having "no rules" there were limitations on what the fighters could do, including no biting, no eye gouging and no strikes to the groin. Royce Gracie won the tournament by defeating Gerard Gordeau via tap out due to a rear naked choke. 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.
|Royce Gracie||def.||Gerard Gordeau||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1:44|
|Royce Gracie||def.||Ken Shamrock||Submission (rear-naked choke)||0:57|
|Gerard Gordeau||def.||Kevin Rosier||TKO (corner stoppage)||0:59|
|Ken Shamrock||def.||Patrick Smith||Submission (heel hook)||1:49|
|Royce Gracie||def.||Art Jimmerson||Submission (mount)||2:18|
|Kevin Rosier||def.||Zane Frazier||TKO Corner Stoppage (Head Stomps)||4:20|
|Gerard Gordeau||def.||Teila Tuli||TKO (head kick)||0:26|
|Jason DeLucia||def.||Trent Jenkins||Submission (rear-naked choke)||0:52|
UFC 1 bracket
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