5 CRAZY stories from UFC 1 that you may not have known
The very first UFC was a completely different ballgame to what the UFC now is today. It was marketed completely different and many weren’t sure what was actually going to happen, even the organizers and fighters themselves to some degree.
Because of the chaotic nature of that very first UFC, a lot of crazy and unexpected things happened both in and out of the cage. While the legendary Royce Gracie’s epic performance is what most people think of regarding the first UFC, and rightfully so, a lot of craziness happened behind the scenes that many people don’t know.
5) The event was almost canceled
Many people aren’t aware that just 24 hours before the legendary event was slated to take place, it was nearly called off altogether. During a rules meeting between the competitors and co-founders Art Davie and Rorion Gracie, things got heated and it looked as if none of the fighters were going to sign the necessary paperwork.
Allegedly, it was the massive sumo wrestler Teila Tuli who would get the ball rolling, being the first to sign and the rest of the fighters would then follow suit.
Tuli would also end up being the first to fight on the main-card and would end up getting his tooth knocked out by Gerard Gordeau which we find more about on the next page.