ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

UFC Legend: Royce Gracie Tribute

Updated on March 11, 2016

Gracie Ju Jitsu

Royce Gracie was a pioneer in the UFC and he has won the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships.  Not to mention the first two UFC Championships.
Royce Gracie was a pioneer in the UFC and he has won the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. Not to mention the first two UFC Championships. | Source
Royce Gracie displaying his skills in the Octagon. He came fight on the ground as well as standing up. His kicks and knees could Brent you down but his ground technique usually ended matters.
Royce Gracie displaying his skills in the Octagon. He came fight on the ground as well as standing up. His kicks and knees could Brent you down but his ground technique usually ended matters. | Source
Royce Gracie beat Ken Shamrock in their first Octagon battle in the first ever UFC event. Gracie won by submission in the first round of the match.
Royce Gracie beat Ken Shamrock in their first Octagon battle in the first ever UFC event. Gracie won by submission in the first round of the match. | Source
Royce Gracie fought Ken Shamrock in the first ever UFC tournament and Gracie won by quick submission.
Royce Gracie fought Ken Shamrock in the first ever UFC tournament and Gracie won by quick submission. | Source
Royce Gracie is seen here teaching Gracie Jui Jitsu to a class. His Brazilian combat is deadly and a great defensive skill.
Royce Gracie is seen here teaching Gracie Jui Jitsu to a class. His Brazilian combat is deadly and a great defensive skill. | Source

Pioneer of The Octagon

The Gracie family has been practicing Jui Jitsu for decades. Losing is never an option. Royce Gracie was born in Brazil in 1966. He won UFC 1,2, 4 and fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock, whom he beat in UFC 1, in UFC 5. He has the record for the most submissions in UFC history with 11. He has many UFC records including longest fight which lasted 36 minutes and most fights won in one night with 4. Gracie prides himself with the fact that he has never tapped out or quit. His heart is his best asset, even bigger than his kick or grappling holds which are legendary. He has fought the best in the world his entire life and he should be a role model for Martial Artists everywhere. His moves are peerless in the Octagon and he could take it as good as he could dish it out. He is the UFC's first Champion and he also competed in the Pride Fighting Championships and his career started at the age of 8. His whole family is involved in Gracie Jui Jitsu. He is the best ground grappler in history and he is also a master at stand up with his kicks even though he prefers the ground game. His heart in the Octagon is a big as his skills. He always fought the best and in his prime he never lost. a match. He tapped out Hall of Famers like: Dan Severn, Kimo and Ken Shamrock. Royce Gracie is a mix of heart, pride, skills and knowledge. He could end matters quickly with his kicks and punches or he could take you to the ground. On the mat Gracie will wear his opponent down with knees and elbows and then submit them. In his prime he was undefeated and noone could come close to his skill level. He is an exciting fighter who always remained poised and he had exceptional footwork. He was hard to beT and his strategy normally led to him winning with very minimal damage being done to his own body. Even when he was cut, bruised and bleeding he still gave his all and in his prime he was completely unbeaten. He knew how to measure distance, timing and he was a master at takedowns and choke moves. His match with Kimo is one of history's best as well as his second bout against rival Ken Shamrock. His father was a mixed martial artist and his brothers were in the family business as well. Royce of course was the most successful of the bunch. He had excellent technique and his adversaries never knew what was coming next from Gracie in the Octagon. He could win by striking, kicks, ground and pound or of course submission which was his usual course of action. A master at the ground game with immense heart and stamina. What more can you ask for!? He always seemed just a tad better than all those he faced even when he was injured. Now fighters fight in one bout every couple of months but Gracie had to win 3 bouts in a single night to win his titles in the UFC.

Silva and Jon Jones are Hall of Fame level fighters which should be noted but if Gracie was ion his prime at this moment he would be at the top of the Pound for Pound list in my opinion.

* Please leave your thoughts on Royce Gracie or the UFC in general in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this article.

Gracie: Master of The Ground Game

Royce Gracie could fight from a distance or on the ground. He comes from a family of fighters from Brazil. Gracie took on all challengers and he could defend against any style.
Royce Gracie could fight from a distance or on the ground. He comes from a family of fighters from Brazil. Gracie took on all challengers and he could defend against any style. | Source

Where Is He From?


view quiz statistics

Who is The Best?

Who is The Best UFC Fighter of All Time?

See results

Martial Artists Ranking

Cast your vote for Royce Gracie

Birthplace of Royce Gracie

Royce In The Cage

Royce Gracie is easily one of the most accomplished mixed martial arts fighters in history.
Royce Gracie is easily one of the most accomplished mixed martial arts fighters in history. | Source

Royce Gracie UFC Techniques

Punch
Kick
Knee
Elbow
Arm Drag
Ankle Lock
Guillotine Choke
Grappling
Rear Naked Choke
 
Triangle Choke
 
Ten of Gracie's Best Moves in the Octagon.

Gracie Has Heart

Royce Gracie has showed plenty of heart during his carrer especially when he took all that Kimo could dish out and still prevailed in their cage battle. Gracie comes back from the brink of defeat in many of his bouts. Well.. We think he is out but on the ground he ends up tapping you out with one of his many moves.

Gracie used his brains as much as anything to prevail and that is a fact. When all else failed and his bag of tricks was not working either, Royce Gracie could always use his courage to help see him through tough situations.

Gracie Highlight

© 2012 Buster Johnson

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    Click to Rate This Article