UFC 1 took place on November 12, 1993 and it would see Royce Gracie tap out three opponents in three straight rounds to win the one night tournament.
SI Films is now producing a documentary on that historic event titled “UFC 1: Origin Of The Octagon” and it will debut in late 2019 on SI TV.
John Mason Gordon directed the film and he is excited to tell the origin of the UFC, which has become the number one MMA promotion in the world.
“The origin stories of sports are often obscured behind layers of time and legend,” Gordon said Tuesday in a statement (via MMA Fighting). “We are thrilled to work with Sports Illustrated in telling the largely unknown stories of the creators, fighters, and executives who put everything on the line with success so unlikely. That it’s the origin of the UFC, a brand almost everyone knows, makes it an incredibly exciting documentary opportunity.”
Jim Brown, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Teila Tuli, Art Jimmerson, Gerard Gordeau and more have been interviewed as a part of the documentary.
The UFC did air a series of documentaries called UFC: 25 Years In Short, but the story of UFC 1 wasn’t featured in that series.