UFC 1: The Beginning
November 12th 1993
McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, USA
Prior Event: N/A
Following Event: UFC 2: No Way Out
|Royce Gracie||def.||Gerard Gordeau||via||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1.44||Tournament Final|
|Gerard Gordeau||def.||Kevin Roiser||via||TKO (corner stoppage)||0.59||Tournament Semi Final|
|Royce Gracie||def.||Ken Shamrock||via||Submission (rear-naked choke)||0.57||Tournament Semi Final|
|Gerard Gordeau||def.||Telia Tuli||via||TKO (head kick)||0.26||Tournament Quarter Final|
|Royce Gracie||def.||Zane Frazier||via||TKO (punches)||4.20||Tournament Quarter Final|
|Kevin Roiser||def.||Art Jimmerson||via||Submission (position)||2.18||Tournament Quarter Final|
|Ken Shamrock||def.||Patrick Smith||via||Submission (heel hook)||1.49||Tournament Quarter Final|
|Jason DeLucia||def.||Trent Jenkins||via||Submission (rear-naked choke)||0.52|
UFC 1 used an eight-man tournament format, with the winner receiving $50,000.
The tournament had no weight classes and consisted of single-round fight to the finish. The match only ended by submission, knockout, throwing in the towel, or referee stoppage due to a severe cut or injury.
Despite being billed as having “no rules” there were limitations on what the fighters could do, including no biting and no eye gouging.
The referees 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.
Under the current five-minute round rules, every fight on this card would have ended within the first round.