Kathy Long recalls UFC I, Teila's toothie

by Mick Hammond | source: mmaweekly.com

When asked if she had any idea of what the event was going to be prior to it actually happening, Long replied, “No, we really had no clue. That seemed to be the theme throughout the entire evening; no one had a clue.

“It certainly made for an exciting event, though.”

Long expanded on the notion that uncertainty was not only a concept for the action within the cage itself, but also behind the scenes as well.

“The massive confusion in the rules meeting and in the dressing rooms was very apparent,” she commented. No one quite knew what was going on. There was a strong debate on whether or not to use gloves, boxing gloves, no gloves or hand-wraps only.

“No one quite knew what should be done, could be done, and there was quite a bit of confusion in that rule meeting. The event went off, and I think people were really excited with what went on, but confused at the same time.”

The thing that most sticks out in Long’s mind was not so much about the evening’s outcome, but more so something that happened while cage side.

“A tooth flying by me was probably one of the most memorable moments,” she recalled. “I don’t know who got hit, but they got hit pretty squarely in the face and his tooth literally flew right past me.”

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ballet of violence site profile image  

7/6/09 4:01 PM by ballet of violence

 she might be training ground but how is her gracie guard?

sifu michael site profile image  

7/6/09 3:55 PM by sifu michael

LOL! I remember back when studying any kind of grappling was just called "training the ground." I haven't heard that in ages.Anyway, yes, she was totally awesome. I look forward to seeing this.

KidJustice site profile image  

7/6/09 3:48 PM by KidJustice

 She was an awesome fighter. I hope she has been training the ground!

sifu michael site profile image  

7/6/09 3:02 PM by sifu michael

At the end of the article it says she's getting ready to enter MMA competition herself. That's pretty cool!

jacktripper site profile image  

7/5/09 12:04 PM by jacktripper

she doesnt even remember whos tooth it was?

JOB site profile image  

7/5/09 10:48 AM by JOB

Taylor Toothie

MauricioG site profile image  

7/5/09 10:20 AM by MauricioG


Crazy Zimmerman site profile image  

7/5/09 9:03 AM by Crazy Zimmerman

 LOL, that was the first great moment in UFC history.   But how can she not remember it was Tuli's tooth?