Royce Gracie – The Original UFC Champion: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Came To Dominate The World

UFC Hall of Famer

Royce Gracie is a Brazilian professional mixed martial arts legend and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

He competed in his first ever UFC event in 1993, defeating three opponents in one night.

Despite being the smallest/lightest man in the competition, standing at 6’1” and weighing 180 pounds, he was victorious and credited with revolutionising the sport.

In the UFC, he won UFC 2 and 4 and was the first ever fighter to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame. He has remained undefeated in the UFC, having won ten bouts and drawing one.

In 2014, Royce was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes in the world by Sports Illustrated, and has gone on to train CIA, FBI, Special Forces, and Navy SEALs.

Right now, the 53-year-old is traveling the world teaching Jiu-Jitsu, continuing his father’s legacy, and keeping the Gracie name at the forefront of the sport.