Art Davie started the UFC. He was originally calling it The War of the Worlds. The idea stemmed from a question constantly asked back in my time, "Who would win, a boxer or a wrestler?" The venue they found was Denver Colorado. First fighter Art Davie got to sign was a Denver home town hero, Pat Smith, who had just won the Sabaki Challenge. Then he ran into a problem, people he asked didn't want to fight when they heard the rules - which were pretty much no rules. Art Davie then took out quarter page ads in Black Belt Magazine, Inside Karate and Inside Kung Fu touting a 50,000 dollar prize for a full contact, no holds barred tournament.First guy who called was Keven Rossier, a WKA champion kickboxer (if you watch the first UFC he's a fat, out of shape brawler, but he was a WKA champ) Second guy they got was Ken Shamrock. Art Davie called him after learning about his fight history in Japan. Shamrock said yes right away. Art Davie called Ernesto Hoost next, but he had a conflicting fight card when UFC1 was scheduled, Hoost gave him Gerard Gordeau's name and Gordeau, who would fight anyone, anywhere, said "sure." Davie reached out to Benny the Jet, who wanted no part of it, saying he was a professional and the other guys weren't in his class." Art Davie wanted a boxer in the mix so he called Joe Frazier's gym in Philly. Nobody was interested. The only boxers he could find who were interested were Leon Spinks and Bonecrusher Smith, both of whom wanted an appearance fee of a hundred thousand bucks. (outside the fifty grand to the winner) Davie enentually got Art Jameson, a cruiser weight with a 29 and 5 record. Davie called John Jacques from the American Sumo association and landed Telia Tuli. (cost Davie asix thousand appearance fee) The ONLY fighter Rorian Gracie picked was Royce Gracie, much to Art Davies shock. He expected Rorian to pick Rickson as the fighter to represent the Gracies. Anytime Davie mentioned what fighters he was contacting, Rorian replied in the same way, "I don't care, get whoever you want." That's the way it was, guys.