Rickson Wanted $1 Million for UFC 1
So, for those who have completely failed to keep up on the history of MMA, or more concisely, the history of the UFC, it’s worth noting that, at the time of UFC 1, the big name in the Gracie family was Rickson. He was considered the family’s top dog in the infamous “Gracie Challenge Matches” that the Gracies had been putting on in California in the late 80s and early 90s. Even back in 1989, when Playboy ran this article highlighting Rorion Gracie, and their Gracie challenge, it was Rickson being trumpeted as “the best in the world.” So, why wasn’t it Rickson fighting at UFC 1, he was the obvious choice, and everyone involved knew it.
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