From the archives: the very beginning of the UFC

(left to right) Coach Vince Salvador, Epic Fighting Champion Tyler Sidders and fellow coach Charles Martinez on September 13, 2013 at Epic Fighting 20 at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. Photo: Jim Wyatt

(l to r) Coach Vince Salvador, Epic Fighting Champion Tyler Sidders and fellow coach Charles Martinez after another big win on September 13, 2013 at Epic Fighting 20 at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Charles Martinez a well respected instructor at The Arena in Point Loma, San Diego, CA passed along this gem “Brutal beginnings of the UFC” from YouTube. “Good little video discussing the first UFC,” states Martinez. “I remember it so clearly, remember where I was, the moment I walked in and that first fight. I was hooked from the first moment.”

In that first Ultimate Fighting Show in November, 1993, they had the legendary Royce Gracie, who was one of the first to introduce Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a technique of self-defense, facing the recognized MMA heavyweight champ Ken Shamrock. In the very first round Gracie prevailed by getting Shamrock to tap out.

Another classic: Frank Shamrock versus Bas Rutten 3

 

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Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers, WCKMuayThai.com, SportofBoxing.com and Examiner.com as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.