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UFC Founder Art Davie Disclosed Reason For Rickson Gracie Not Competing At UFC 1

UFC Founder Art Davie Disclosed Reason For Rickson Gracie Not Competing At UFC 1

Art Davie, a co-founder of the UFC, recently made an appearance on The Lytes Out MMA History Podcast hosted by Chris Lytle. During the episode, he disclosed why Rickson Gracie did not participate in UFC 1. The question arose as Rickson was undeniably the most prominent competitor in the family during that period. It was Royce Gracie who famously succeeded at that event and several subsequent UFC tournaments. Even though he might not have been the obvious choice to represent his family in the competition.

Rickson was the most experienced combatant in the Gracie family; who was still in his athletic prime at that time. He even professed to have hundreds of victories in various competitions over the years. Although very few of his fights or grappling matches have been authenticated due to the historical period in which he was active. The few available matches demonstrate his exceptional fighting skills. Despite the limited recorded evidence of Rickson’s performances, many of the world’s top grapplers and MMA fighters have praised his combat sports abilities.

Art Davie shared these views when questioned about Rickson Gracie’s absence from UFC 1: