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Art Davie

UFC Founder

1.) Who were your heroes growing up?

Mickey Mantle, Carmen Basilio, Floyd Patterson.

 

2.) What does a typical day look like?

Writing in the morning & afternoon. I'm completing a book for a sports publisher in Kansas City. I walk in the desert (here in Pahrump, NV) for pleasure wearing my .44 S&W magnum on my hip and watch the sun go down. Don't hunt anymore...carry the revolver as a habit as Nevada is an open carry state.

 

3.) What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, search the Internet, work out with cables, and hike.

 

4.) What has been the highlight of your career?

Founding the UFC was the highlight of my career in advertising and show business.

 

5.) What is the best fight you've seen?

Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, Las Vegas, April 9, 2005, Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale.

 

6.) What is your dream fight?

Rickson Gracie vs. Randy Couture.

 

7.) The UFC started in 1993. It is the BIGGEST MMA Promotion. Were you expecting the UFC to be where it's at today?

Yes, we knew we had a franchise and I had been trying to get it started since February 1990 when I pitched it to Tecate beer as a sport. I called it the World's Best Fighter and they turned it down. But I kept going and then it became the War of the Worlds. Finally, we formed a corporation and partnered up with Semaphore Entertainment; it then became the UFC.