The first Ultimate Fighting Championship event occurred on November 12, 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
This eight man tournament was held with limited rules and no weight classes.
Royce Gracie, world renowned for his jiu jitsu prowess, won the tournament by rear naked choke.
Nearly 150 UFC events have passed since, and the sport of mixed martial arts has evolved considerably.
Knowledge of wrestling, jiu jitsu, and striking are a requirement to succeed in an organization where fighters are becoming well-rounded martial artists. Looking at the progression of this sport, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how much further it can develop.
If we glimpse into the future of mixed martial arts, we may just see the following things.