I don't claim that I was there in the beginning either. When I did get into it, UFC I was the first one that I watched though. I wish I had been into it earlier because they actually held an early UFC here (in Buffalo), and I missed my chance.
You're totally right about the Gracies and their marketing ploy. Rorion moved to Cali expecting BJJ to catch on, and when it didn't, he and Art Davie came up with UFC as a "test" to see which martial art was the most effective, pretty much knowing that Royce was going to win.
I could be wrong, but I believe that it was Rorion who coreographed the fight scenes for "Lethal Weapon", and I believe that Danny Glover continued as one of his students for quite a while after that.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens with Koscheck and GSP...I'm still rooting for Koscheck.