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10 iconic photos from UFC of the 90s

Fights would often go on for hours, at times, making it an even more demanding affair.

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Top 5 / Top 10 25 Feb 2018, 20:55 IST
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It was vicious and it was brutal, with fewer rules governing attacks.
It was vicious and it was brutal, with fewer rules governing attacks

The UFC today is a far-cry from the UFC of the '90s. It was a time when the competition was slowly gaining traction, quietly moving from the obscure underground to embracing mainstream popularity. It was vicious and it was brutal, with fewer rules governing attacks.

Fights would often go on for hours, at times, making it an even more demanding affair.

Here are some of the most iconic pictures captured from the formative years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship:

#1 Royce Gracie’s famous arm-raise

The harbinger of change
The harbinger of change

The first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship event was a place for Royce Gracie and the entire Brazilian jiu-jitsu fraternity to shine. A competition which boasted of an array of fighters hailing from various disciplines had a prize of 50,000 US dollars up for grabs.

It was this event which sowed the seeds for UFC’s popularity over the years and Royce Gracie, courtesy his grappling and BJJ prowess, took the cake. His efforts brought BJJ into the mainstream leaving people stunned at his ability to pull-out submission moves which were previously unheard of. Gracie went on to win three UFC competitions in total.

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