11/13/2013 09:23 am ET

The 50 Most Brutal MMA Matches Of All Time

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On Nov. 12, 1993, 2,800 spectators filled the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver for UFC 1: The Beginning. The competition featured an eight-man tournament format, with the winner taking home $50,000 as the grand prize. Royce Gracie was crowned champion with his submission of Gerard Gordeau, and the world was introduced to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. MMA, and the UFC in particular, has come a long way from that humble beginning in Denver.

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