In 1993, the UFC held their first event in Denver, Colorado, planting the seeds for an entire sport to begin growing out of this barely legal event. The mastermind behind the concept was Art Davie, who held onto an idea for years until he was finally able to turn it into a reality. Davie has just released a book explaining the history of the first UFC and all of the tumultuous events leading up to it, and I had a chance to chat with him about damn near everything!
In the fifth part of this interview series, Davie gives us more background and depth to the worst fight in the history of the UFC - the superfight at UFC 9, Ken Shamrock VS Dan Severn 2. We also learn how Olympic gold-medalist in wrestling Mark Schultz entered the octagon at the same event, and why, despite after having a dominant performance against Gary Goodridge in his debut fight, Schultz never competed in the UFC again.
Plus, Davie tells us what his UFC dream matches would have been if he could have had his way, his opinion on Women's MMA and why they could not promote it when he was with the UFC, and his thoughts on the current face of the business side of the UFC, Dana White.
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If you want to check out Art Davie's new autobiography and uncensored tell-all about the first UFC event, head over to this link here to pick up "Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It". It comes with The Fight Nerd seal of approval as a must-have for MMA history fans!