Let it be known there are SPOILERS on here for all those who have never seen it and want to without knowing the outcomes.
Taking place in Denver Colorado the very first Ultimate Fighting Championship event blasted onto the scene and introduced the world to what would become Mixed Martial Arts. People always wondered who would win in a fight, a boxer or a wrestler, a karate guy or tae kwon do guy and so on forever, well that night we would all get to find out. As it turned out none of those guys would win this, the wonderful art [that I practice] Jiu-Jitsu would reign supreme over the course of the night.
1.GERARD GORDEAU [savate] VS TEILA TULI [sumo]-the first fight of the night would pit a massive sumo guy against a savate fighter in the first showing of the night. I know reading that I basically started and ended the sentence with the same thing, but I am excited to be revisiting this again. This fight would set the standard for the early years of the company, flying teeth and blood would make the early days of the sport look bad to the mainstream. The thing is instead of not only looking at that they should have also noticed that the ref stepped in and had the doctors check the fighter. After doing so they called the fight, good call that should have also been noted by the mainstream.
Any way the fight is very short with Tuli rushing Gerard and ends up loosing his balance and falls to the ground. This is where he eats a big kick to the face which cause him to loose some teeth, and also eats a punch that cuts him open.5/5
2.KEVIN ROSIER [kickboxing] VS ZANE FRAZIER [karate]-I remember being real excited about this just knowing that a karate vs kick boxer fight would be fought all on the feet. This turned out to be a great but sloppy fight as a lot of the early day fights were back then. The fight is basically a brawl with both guys throwing bombs looking for the quick win. Now both guys are basically kick boxers really at least in style and maybe even take the others style a bit. If you watch this fight and know about these styles it is very obvious that while Zane is the kempo karate guy he has a stance more like a boxer or kick boxer. Likewise the labeled kick boxer guy actually stands more in the way of a karate guy, more open and wide with his hands where as the karate guy is in tighter like a boxer. Some times they switch up the stance but each of their styles kinda similar to the others. The fight lasts almost five minutes and kinda goes back and forth until Zane's corner throws in the towel when he takes some vicious head stomps.5/5
3.ROYCE GRACIE [jiu-jitsu] VS ART JIMMERSON [boxing]-this fight would be the introduction to the world of the legendary Royce Gracie and the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that would dominate. There is not enough time to fully write about Royce and all of the Gracie's, so I will just say they are the most influential family in the history of the sport. This is also the fight in which Art wore one boxing glove and fought with it, it is kinda funny now but then he thought that was the best move. Now this fight goes just like I thought it would back then, Royce takes him down after a few kicks and mounts him. It is in this mount that Royce basically smothers him and Art taps even thought nothing really happened, that is powerful.5/5
4.KEN SHAMROCK [shoot fighting] VS PATRICK SMITH [tae kwon do]-to anyone who had not seen Pancrase this was their first introduction to the now legendary Ken Shamrock. Shamrock was then likely considered the favorite to win sense he was the closest to a mixed martial artist. I say likely because to most of the public here in America this was all new to them, but since it was reported and even said during the show Shamrock could fight standing and on the ground I am sure he was considered one the favorites. His shoot fighting style was going up against the Korean national sport in tae kwon do, the fight does not last long. Going just over a minute I think, Ken gets it to the ground and locks on a leg lock [ankle lock] and forces Pat to tap. Then after the fight Pat starts it back up again and wants to go again.5/5
5.GERARD GORDEAU [savate] VS KEVIN ROSIER [kickboxing]-this was the first semi final fight and was very quick much like Gordeau's previous fight. And just like that first fight it ends with Gerard standing over a downed injured opponent. After a nice flurry of punches and elbows he ends Kevin with a few stomps. Another quick and exciting fight.5/5
6.ROYCE GRACIE [jiu-jitsu] VS KEN SHAMROCK [shoot fighting]-now this was the fight that every one was looking forward to, with the two submissions artists going at it. But unlike what people were thinking this fight is actually pretty short, and much shorter than the rematch would end up being later on. Royce comes out quick with a take down attempt and eventually gets Ken in his guard. When tries for a leg lock Royce rides the momentum and ends up on top, eventually taking Ken's back and choking him out. The ref does not see the tap so there is some confusion at first but Ken lets him know he tapped.5/5
7.GERARD GORDEAU [savate] VS ROYCE GRACIE [jiu-jitsu]-the final is much like every other fight on the card, very short. Of course as all of you know Gracie dominated the tournament and this fight. Royce clinches with him and ties him up, eventually getting him to the ground. Gerard has only one offensive move, biting Royce's ear. Then he gives up the back after a few head buts, and of course a rear naked choke ends everything. Royce Gracie is the first Ultimate Fighting Champion, history is made in Denver.5/5
This is one of the most historic events in the history of Martial Arts and yes there were events before this one. Those of course were the Vale Tudo events in Brazil [love those old tapes] and of course the open challenges from the Gracies [love those old Gracie's in action tapes]. Then of course the Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling events in Japan, still it would be this event on November 12 1993 that would lead to what we know today. It should also be noted that the winner would win 50,000 dollars and an alternate bout was held in which Jason DeLucia defeated Trent Jenkins. There is also some nice hall of fame interviews from Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock on the DVD.
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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.