MMA Giant Looking To Sign BJJ Specialist Kron Gracie
Gracie is often a name that ignites fear within the MMA world, mainly down to their quality within jiu-jitsu, and that could once again be the case very soon within the octagon with UFC’s pursuit of Rickson’s son- Kron Gracie.
The story was first broken by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, he tweeted:
“Hearing the UFC is working on signing decorated grappler Kron Gracie, son of Rickson Gracie, with the intent to have him fight at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim. Gracie is 4-0 in MMA, including a win over Tatsuya Kawajiri in 2016.”
Hearing the UFC is working on signing decorated grappler Kron Gracie, son of Rickson Gracie, with the intent to have him fight at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim. Gracie is 4-0 in MMA, including a win over Tatsuya Kawajiri in 2016.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 17, 2018
It would present an unlikely story of the Gracie’s as his father had previously been an MMA fighter, winning all eleven of his professional bouts.
If UFC signs Kron, he’ll be first to compete inside the Octagon since Roger who lost the bout via unanimous decision against Tim Kennedy at 2013’s UFC 162.
Rickson’s talent was undoubted; his son (Kron) could easily take that to the next level in UFC. He has started his MMA career on such a roll, putting together a record of 4-0, with all of these victories coming by submission. He already has a little history with UFC- albeit unintentionally. His last bout came against former UFC star Tatsuya Kawajiri, winning the RIZIN World Grand Prix in the process. The 30-year old featherweight is carrying the BJJ tag with him, and could potentially take it as high as it has ever been.
UFC would have surely looked at his list of accomplishments within the jiu-jitsu world; after all, it is pretty hard not to be amazed by his conquests. A gold medal in the 2013 ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships is currently the most acclaimed accomplishment of his career.
It is almost hard to believe that he hasn’t received the call from the UFC already. He has already made Garry Tonon, Shinya Aoki, Jonathan Torres, and Otavio Souza tap out. To have that kind of caliber of wins on your record is something that could never be removed.
It isn’t yet announced whether a deal has been reached or who his opponent could possibly be, but Jiu-jitsu fans are already ready to give UFC their money for a potential mouth-watering match-up between Gracie and Brian Ortega- with the latter scheduled to be the next featherweight title contender.
Gracie hasn’t fought since his 2016 win and his ability to compete with the UFC featherweight division has been put into question by the critics. However, it isn’t likely that he will be in bad shape as he owns his own jiu-jitsu academy in California and trains with Nate and Nick Diaz in Northern California.