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Five Completely Trivial Things We Learned About UFC 1
Art Davie first pitched the concept for UFC in the early 1990s, when he was a California ad executive. The beer distributor Tecate passed on the idea.
UFC 1 almost didn't make it on air. The deal with Meyrowitz's broadcast team wasn't finalized until roughly 70 minutes before the first fight. Says Davie, "John Milius's son, Ethan, was putting the studs in my tuxedo shirt, trying to get me dressed in time, and we were still on that conference call."
The rule against eye gouging went unheeded by at least one person: the overzealous fan who accidentally poked Royce Gracie in the eye on his way to the octagon for his first fight. When he returned for the semifinals, Gracie took cover in a protective human train of his brothers and made sure to tuck his head.
Gracie was asleep backstage until about an hour before that first bout.