As the world’s leading MMA promotion for over a quarter of a century, the UFC has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the years.
In this article we’ll look back at the moments when the UFC appeared to be at it’s lowest ebb, from disastrous events, out-of-control superstars and facepalm-worthy failures, through to public relations nightmares and times when the very future of the sport seemed to be under threat.
UFC 1 Commentary
‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ the old saying goes, and the start of UFC 1 could scarcely have gone worse.
Kickboxing legend Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace lead the commentary team that night, but he quicly demonstrated an incredible knack for sticking his foot in his mouth as he accidentally belched during his opening monologue, while also managing to get the name of the promotion wrong twice, calling it the ‘Ultimate Fighting Challenge.’
The amateur-hour gaffes continued throughout the broadcast as Wallace continually got the names of fighters and even his own broadcasting team members wrong and generally struggled to form coherent sentences.
Needless to say Wallace wasn’t invited back for the UFC’s second show a few months later.