History of the UFC 1 to142

Posted by Renato Tavares BJJ - January 20, 2012 - BJJ Training - No Comments

History of the UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship) 1 to 142


When the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Started  on November 12th, 1993 in Denver, Colorado, nobody predicted how big it would actually become.

The first MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) event called the Ultimate Fighting Championships, (later renamed UFC 1: The Beginning) was formatted as an eight-man tournament with no weight classes, a single-round fight, gloves were optional, there was no time limit and the winner received $50,000.

The Top Fighters from each Martial Art were invited to fight in the UFC to find out which Martial Art was proven to be the most effective fighting technique known to man.

The first 8 fighters to fight in the UFC 1: The Beginning were:

Gerard Gordeau, Teila Tuli, Kevin Rosier, Zane Frazier, Royce Gracie, Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock and Patrick Smith.
The fighters that made it to the final were Royce Gracie and Gerard Gordeau.   Gracie won via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:44 to win the first UFC Tournament.

The second UFC 2: (Ultimate Fighting Championship 2) No Way Out,  was held by on March 11, 1994, at Mammoth Gardens in Denver, Colorado.   Royce Gracie defeated Patrick Smith via submission (punches) at 1:17 to win UFC 2  showing that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) was the most effective and efficient Martial Art in existence.

Nineteen years later UFC 142 (Ultimate Fighting Championship) made history in Brazil. The event looked like a huge concert with the crowd screaming and yelling for the Fighters like Vitor Belfort, Jose Aldo and Rousimar “Toquinho”.  They made the jammed pack arena of fans go crazy when they came out to fight.

Jose Aldo UFC 142

The last fight of the night Jose Aldo left the cage running, before the final announcement, to celebrate with the crowd. 
The Brazilian audience is different than the rest of the world. They connect with the fighters like no other countries….check out what I am talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4iFSVpsYo8.  Brazil has so many great fighters with amazing talent that the UFC decided to do their first reality TV Show in Brazil.
UFC 142


The first UFC we could not believe the salaries these fighters were receiving, but at UFC 142 it is amazing to find out the salaries of the fighters.

Here are salaries from the UFC 142:

  1. Vitor Belfort: $279,000
  2. Edson Barboza: $142,000 ( winning bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
  3. Gabriel Gonzaga: $134,000,
  4. Rousimar Palhares: $79,000  ($65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
  5. Terry Etim: $75,000 ( $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
  6. Jose Aldo: $48,000,
  7. Mike Pyle: $38,000
  8. Thiago Tavares: $30,000.


Here are the top 10 UFC Career Fighter Earnings (not including sponsorship money) as shown on mma-maifeston.com:

  1. Chuck Liddell- $4,320,000.00
  2. Tito Ortiz- $3,750,000.00
  3. Georges St.-Pierre- $3,102,000.00
  4. Randy Couture – $3,045,000.00
  5. Rampage Jackson – $3,040,000.00
  6. Brock Lesnar- $2,825,000.00
  7. B.J. Penn- $2,650,000
  8. Michael Bisping-$2,435,000.00
  9. Anderson Silva- $2,396,000.00
  10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-$2,170,000.00

White stated he made more than 100 fighters millionaires in last than 10 years.
The UFC is the fastest growing sport in the world today.  There are over a billion dollars in this industry today.  This money comes from merchandise, dvds, events, pay-per-view, advertisements, UFC gyms, martial art products and more.
The UFC is the biggest MMA event around and now usually holds 3 to 4 events a month globally.

Last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil proved the UFC was there to stay.  Brazilian fighters represented the country well and won 7 of 8 matches .The UFC 142 results were:

Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes via knockout (knees and punches) – Round 1, 4:59 to retain title
Vitor Belfort def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:45
Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Massenzio via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:03
Carlo Prater def. Erick Silva via disqualification (illegal punches) – Round 1, 0:29
Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim via knockout (spinning heel kick) – Round 3, 2:0

Dana White is looking forward to do the first UFC outdoor event in Brazil at the soccer stadium Morumbi.  This will be the biggest in the state and is expected to bring in 80,000 people, breaking the record of spectators that attended  UFC 129 in Canada on April 30th.  UFC 129  held a record of 55,000 seats sold in Canada in 2011.
This year it is expected to be even bigger. More events are going to be held in different countries.  Reality shows are starting to be produced out of the US and the first one will be in Brazil, with Vitor Belfort and Wanderley Silva coaching the 32 fighters who will make the cut.

MMA fans can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring to the UFC.  Belt Champions will have to defend their titles this year against upcoming challengers,  battles will be made and new faces in the sport will come out and shine!

2012 will be by far the best year ever in the UFC History.


Written by: Renato Tavares

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