UFC Turns 15: Memories of Royce Gracie

Michael David Smith

by Michael David Smith

It's the 15th birthday of The Ultimate Fighting Championship, and everyone in the MMA blogosphere is reflecting on early memories of the UFC.

I was in high school and got together with some friends to watch UFC 1, and I guess my overall reaction was that I found the fights fascinating. Until I saw Royce Gracie, I don't think I ever had any concept of winning a fight without punches and kicks. It was really amazing to me that Gracie, a relatively small man, could choke an opponent into unconsciousness or break his arm if he didn't tap out first.

But at the same time, I didn't find the fights all that exciting, especially in contrast with the second Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe fight, which took place the weekend before UFC 1. I didn't think I was watching a great athletic event, the way I think I'll be watching a great sporting event Saturday night when I watch UFC 91.

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