UFC Legend: Royce Gracie Tribute
Gracie Ju Jitsu
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 in his prime at this moment he would be at the top of the Pound for Pound list in my opinion. To many ground skills and defensive talent.
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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.
© 2012 Buster Johnson