That's right, ladies & gents: today marks the 19th anniversary of the inaugural UFC. If it weren't for a tiny event (only 2,600 attendance & 86,000 PPV) in the now-demolished McNichols Arean in Denver, Colorado, none of us would know each other & share a passion for this great sport.
Link that may or may not lead to a video of the event (actually, I don't know if it works, I'm at work & can't verify): http://tkohub.com/ufc-1-the-beginning-video-full
Gracie Breakdown of Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSS9CuuPvQg
To celebrate, take some time out of your day at 1pm EST today & enjoy this:
Since Monday's episode of The MMA Hour falls on the 19th anniversary of UFC 1 (Nov. 12, 1993), we've decided to dedicate the entire show to that historic event. Below is a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:
1:00 p.m. ET -- MMAFighting.com's Dave Meltzer, one of the pioneers of MMA journalism, will put the event into perspective and set the scene for Nov. 1993.
1:25 -- Promoter Art Davie who, along with Rorion Gracie, first came up with the concept of the UFC, will discuss how the promotion came to be.
1:45 -- Campbell McLaren, the executive producer of UFC 1-20, will talk about getting the promotion off the ground and how it was presented on television.
2:05 -- World kickboxing champion Kathy Long will talk about being a part of the broadcast team, along with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace and Jim Brown, for UFC 1.
2:25 -- Hall of famer Royce Gracie will look back on how he got involved in UFC 1 and winning it all.
2:45 -- Rener and Ryron Gracie, the sons of Rorion Gracie, will talk about the legacy of UFC 1 and growing up Gracie.
3:05 -- We'll answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world. Hit us up on Twitter using that hash tag or give us a call. The best question will receive this prize from Round 5: Ultimate Collector Series 10 featuring Championship Editions of Anderson Silva and Dominick Cruz, Pride variants for Alistair Overeem and Mark Coleman, the Round 5 debuts of Chael Sonnen and Anthony Pettis, and a brand new figure for Lyoto Machida. Plus, we'll preview UFC 154 with Ric's Picks.
Also, we'll take your calls on anything and everything. Got a question or comment? Give us a call at 1-888-418-4074.
Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes: audio feed here; video feed here. Download previous episodes here. Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here.
O, & for Mike - today's also Arianny's birthday: