Everything to know about Royce Gracie's win at UFC 1

The first ever UFC's event took place almost 30 years ago and introduced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Royce Gracie's incredible moves made him the winner of the tournament but there's more to it, dig in to find out.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship which was later renamed UFC 1: The Beginning was the first mixed martial arts event by the UFC. It was held at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, United States, on November 12, 1993.

What Did Gracie Do?

Royce Gracie who is a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner competed in three fights and submitted all three opponents and ultimately won the tournament.

Gracie's Win

Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau via submission due to a rear naked choke and won the tournament.

Gracie's Historical Victory

Gracie became the first fighter to win three UFC tournaments as he later went on to win the tournament at UFC 2 and UFC 4.

Took Jiu-Jitsu to New

Gracie’s incredible tournament win is significant as it brought his family’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into the limelight. During his post-fight interview, he mentioned that he was thankful for his family.

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