10 Crazy Facts About UFC 1

Alligators? Sharks? Electrified fencing? Where we're going, we don't need rules...


These days, the UFC is the biggest and best Mixed Martial Arts company in the fight game. Sure, they may have had their dark days, but there's no doubting the Ultimate Fighting Championship's place at the top of the MMA tree.

To many, of course, UFC only really became a 'thing' in the early 2000s when names like Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture were just some of those who caught the public attention and took UFC into a golden age of popularity - and, most importantly, began to bring in big buy rates and attendance figures.

Ultimate Fighting Championship was created back in 1993, with the aim being to establish which of the various fighting styles was the most effective. And thus, UFC 1 was born!

Taking place from Denver, Colorado's McNichols Sports Arena on 12 November, 1993, the event was available on PPV and then soon after released on VHS. Laid out in a tournament format, UFC 1 saw eight fighters of various disciplines battle it out to see who was the very best.

Now, while the UFC these days is a global phenomenon and a smoothly oiled machine, the first show was something from the wild west. Let's look at the crazier details.


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