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.


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.




* United States Jason DeLucia vs United States Trent Jenkins

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


* Netherlands Gerard Gordeau vs United States Teila Tuli

Gordeau wins by TKO at 0:26, when the referee stepped in after a kick to the face by Gordeau.

* United States Kevin Rosier vs United States Zane Frazier

Rosier wins by TKO due to corner stoppage at 4:18.

* Brazil Royce Gracie vs United States Art Jimmerson

Gracie wins by submission via mount at 2:18.

* United States Ken Shamrock vs United States Patrick Smith

Shamrock wins by submission due to a heel hook at 1:51.


* Netherlands Gerard Gordeau vs United States Kevin Rosier

Gordeau wins by TKO due to corner stoppage at 1:03.

* Brazil Royce Gracie vs United States Ken Shamrock

Gracie wins by gi choke :57 seconds into the fight.


* Brazil Royce Gracie vs Netherlands Gerard Gordeau

Gracie wins by rear naked choke at 1:45.

UFC 1 bracket

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Netherlands Gerard Gordeau  TKO
 United States Teila Tuli  0:26  
 Netherlands Gerard Gordeau  TKO
     United States Kevin Rosier  1:03  
 United States Kevin Rosier  TKO
 United States Zane Frazier  4:18  
 Netherlands Gerard Gordeau  1:45
   Brazil Royce Gracie  SUB
 Brazil Royce Gracie  SUB
 United States Art Jimmerson  2:18  
 Brazil Royce Gracie  SUB
     United States Ken Shamrock  0:57  
 United States Ken Shamrock  SUB