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Royce Gracie’s run to become the first tournament champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship was a milestone in mixed martial arts… then called no holds barred. But Gracie didn’t stop there. He won two more tournament championships, but then marked another first for the ground-breaking fight promotion.
At UFC 5: Return of the Beast, the Superfight was introduced by setting up a rematch between Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock from their historic first meeting at UFC 1 in 1993.
UFC 5: Return of the Beast took place on April 7, 1995, in Charlotte, N.C.
The Gracie vs. Shamrock superfight holds the distinction of being the longest fight in UFC history.