Rare Footage Of UFC 1 Shows How Savage The Sport Started Out

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UFC is a sport with a long list of athletes who have turned the Octagon into a place of high octane athleticismĀ and the world of the UFC into a glamorous, money-making, televised spectacle.

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But it wasn’t always like that, back in the early nineties, things were a little different…

The first ever fight in UFC history, according to FOX Sports, was a battle of polarities between Teila Tuli, a Sumo wrestler and French foot fighting champion, Gerard Gordeau.

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It was televised live on November 12, 1993 and it was the first time fighters of two different disciplines had entered the ring together, in a clash of mixed martial arts.

No one – including the fighters – knew what to expect, besides the fact that only one man would leave victorious.

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Commentators were stunned by the violence of that battle, and amazed when underdog Gordeau defeated the much larger Tuli with a brutal kick to the face leaving the baffled sumo wrestler with a bloodied eye and missing his front teeth.

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From then on, people flocked to see boxers face off against Jui-Jitsu warriors and wrestlers fight their seemingly aesthetic inferiors.

UFC 1 was dominated by the smallest man in the contest; Royce Gracie, who used the Brazilian Jui-Jitsu to destroy his opponents.

Crowds were shocked again and again to see the underdog reign victorious, and thus the basis of modern UFC – in which any man or woman can win with athletic flair, technical fighting tactics and sheer force of confidence – was born.

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The sport has evolved, of course, to develop a set of rules, regulations and restrictions, keeping the stars of UFC safe as far as possible.

But the roots of UFC – these savage first forays into mixed fighting – are the reason UFC is the most exciting, unpredictable and untameable sport in modern athletics.


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