UFC pioneer Art 'One Glove' Jimmerson dies at age 60

UFC Pioneer Art "One Glove" Jimmerson Passes Away at 60:

Art "One Glove" Jimmerson, a prominent figure in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has died at the age of 60, as confirmed by his daughter.

UFC 1 Representative:

Jimmerson gained recognition as boxing's representative at the inaugural UFC event, UFC 1, held on November 12, 1993. His participation marked the convergence of different martial arts disciplines in the fledgling sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Famous One-Glove Appearance:

Notably, Jimmerson entered the UFC cage wearing only one glove, intending to utilize his jabbing hand while reserving his right hand for knockout punches. This unique choice garnered attention and curiosity from fans and commentators alike.

Encounter with Royce Gracie:

In a pivotal moment at UFC 1, Jimmerson faced off against Royce Gracie, who eventually emerged as the event's champion and a future MMA legend. Gracie swiftly took Jimmerson down, preventing him from executing his striking game plan, and secured a submission victory in 2 minutes and 18 seconds.

Legacy as a Boxer:

Prior to his foray into MMA, Jimmerson had a successful career as a professional boxer, competing across three different weight divisions. His expertise in boxing contributed to his confidence in challenging himself in the new realm of mixed martial arts.

Post-Fighting Career:

Following his competitive years, Jimmerson transitioned into training fighters in the Los Angeles area. He shared his knowledge and experience with a diverse range of athletes, from seasoned professionals to novices entering the world of combat sports.

Tributes from Peers:

Iconic former UFC referee John McCarthy paid tribute to Jimmerson, acknowledging his courage and determination in venturing into the unknown territory of MMA. 

Remembering a Trailblazer:

Art "One Glove" Jimmerson's contributions to the early development of mixed martial arts, coupled with his memorable presence at UFC 1, ensure that he will be remembered as a pioneering figure in the sport's history.