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UFC 1: The Beginning (1993)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts, as eight fighters enter the Octagon for a one-night tournament to determine the superior fighting style, including Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau.

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Mark Lucas

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Clay McBride
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Cast

Credited cast:
Royce Gracie Royce Gracie ... Himself
Gerard Gordeau Gerard Gordeau ... Himself
Ken Shamrock ... Himself
Kevin Rosier Kevin Rosier ... Himself
Patrick Smith Patrick Smith ... Himself (as Pat Smith)
Art Jimmerson Art Jimmerson ... Himself
Zane Frazier Zane Frazier ... Himself
Taylor Wily ... Himself (as Teila Tuli)
Jason DeLucia ... Himself
Trent Jenkins Trent Jenkins ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joao Alberto Barreto Joao Alberto Barreto ... Himself - Referee
Alan Brakup Alan Brakup ... Himself - Doctor
Jim Brown ... Himself - Fight Commentator
Rich Goins Rich Goins ... Himself - Announcer
Helio Gracie Helio Gracie ... Himself
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts, as eight fighters enter the Octagon for a one-night tournament to determine the superior fighting style, including Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau.

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Release Date:

12 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Denver, Colorado, USA

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Early UFC matches were less of a contest between individuals and more of a contest between different fighting styles. Each fighter was usually only skilled in one form of martial arts and was built physically to take advantage of the rules and conventions associated with each form. See more »

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Followed by UFC 79: Nemesis (2007) See more »

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The beginning of UFC
12 October 2017 | by danmaldonadoSee all my reviews

The event that started it all and these first events are a must-see for any UFC fan. It introduced fights between different styles which proved that fighters needed to learn more about the styles and techniques they were unfamiliar with. This basically evolved the MMA class of fighters which now has a broader range of techniques, giving them the ability to effectively fight against any opponent's style, weight or power. Although these early events had very few fight restrictions, they do show that it's not simply striking or kicking but also the need to use strategy. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu proved this effectiveness while also capable of rendering opponents unable to fight or conceding to defeat by submission. The UFC encountered many struggles as part of delivering the raw format that is encountered in any real fight. Cities banned the events, sometimes at the last minute and leaving promoters scrabbling to find another city and venue that would host them. As the UFC's popularity increased, it was clear the events would continue even if it meant taking the events to more-tolerant countries. The delivery over satellite meant the public would still be able to watch them while U.S. cities lost the local revenues that were possible. These factors meant a compromise would be needed and the use of regulations and fight classes was introduced. While the UFC has evolved to being a professional sporting event, it's great to see it's origins and how opponents from different weight classes relied on technique and strategy.


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