The Ultimate Fighting Championship, later renamed UFC 1: The Beginning, and referred to as simply UFC 1, was the first mixed martial arts event by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, 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 in both VHS and, eventually, DVD format.


UFC 1 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000. The tournament had no weight classes and consisted of fights to the finish with five minute time limits and unlimited rounds. The match only ended by submission, knockout or throwing in the towel.

Despite being billed as having "no rules" there were limitations on what the fighters could do, including no biting and no eye gouging. Royce Gracie won the tournament by defeating Gerard Gordeau via submission due to a rear naked choke. The referees for UFC 1 were Joao Alberto Barreto and Helio 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.



DeLucia wins by submission, rear naked choke at 0:52.


Gordeau wins by TKO at 0:26, when the referee stepped in after a kick to the face by Gordeau.
Rosier wins by TKO due to corner stoppage at 4:18.
Gracie wins by submission via mount at 2:18.
Shamrock wins by submission due to a heel hook at 1:51.


Gordeau wins by TKO due to corner stoppage at 1:03.
Gracie wins by gi choke :57 seconds into the fight.


Gracie wins by rear naked choke at 1:45.

UFC 1 bracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
   Netherlands flag Gerard Gordeau W  
 United States flag Teila Tuli L  
   Netherlands flag Gerard Gordeau W  
   United States flag Kevin Rosier L  
 United States flag Kevin Rosier W
   United States flag Zane Frazier L  
     Brazil flag Royce Gracie C
   Netherlands flag Gerard Gordeau L
   Brazil flag Royce Gracie W  
 United States flag Art Jimmerson L  
   Brazil flag Royce Gracie W
   United States flag Ken Shamrock L  
 United States flag Ken Shamrock W
   United States flag Patrick Smith L  


  1. "Mixed Martial Arts: Ultimate Sport, or Ultimately Illegal?", retrieved from, URL accessed March 16, 2010

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