I was lucky enough to watch UFC 1 live, and remember it well. It was my junior year of high school and a friend of mine had a "hot box." All of us football players got together, chipped in for beer and pizza and were very curious about this "no hold barred, no rules" PPV. We were used to watching Mike Tyson destroy opponents and were very interested in seeing something other than boxing. It was love at first sight for me (but many did not enjoy it) and I went out and bought a jiu jitsu book immediately after watching the much smaller Gracie beat 3 men in one night.
Last Wed. after the premier of the new season of TUF, we were treated to Ultimate Gracie, a 90 minute special documenting the career of legendary fighter Royce Gracie. This documentary was amazing and really did a great job at answering some questions that I've had for the last 17 years. As much as Gracie impressed me at the time, I later wondered why he held some chokes and arm locks so long after his opponent tapped, as it's disrespectful and dangerous to do so. Ultimate Gracie got into that, allowing Royce to explain how Gerard Gordeau had bitten his ear when they initially went to the ground in UFC 1, so when he got the choke and Gordeau tapped, he held the choke longer to prove a point, and how his brother was yelling for him to break the arm of Jason Delucia in UFC2.
Ultimate Gracie also showed how a Japanese martial art known as Japanese Judoka got taught to Carlos Gracia and how Helio Gracie watched and developed it into what we know today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It goes on to show how the Gracie brothers would put ads in newspapers inviting tough guys to put up their own money, in essence challenging all comers and showing the biggest and what were considered the toughest men out there that their size and strength meant nothing when going against someone who was trained in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gracie brothers later took these challenges to California and called them The Gracie Challenges.
Ultimate Gracie was an amazing documentary that should be watched by anyone that likes MMA and/or loves Jiu Jitsu. It chronologically outlines everything from the beginning of Jiu Jitsu all the way to Royce Gracie's epic 90 minute battle with Sakuraba, which is the longest fight in the history of MMA. Did you watch it? What do you think?