Flash back to about twenty five years ago. MMA fighting was hardly a mainstream concern, and the little attention it did garner was mostly of the hand wringing, culture of violence variety. Nevertheless, the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship threw up some memorable moments that would plant the seeds for the sport’s later surge in popularity. Moments like Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn’s pair of picture perfect suplexes against Anthony Macias, or Ken Shamrock’s arsenal of submission holds definitely captured the imagination of viewers. Yet no single figure loomed quite as large over the early days of Ultimate Fighting than that of Royce Gracie.