Rickson Gracie (pronounced Hickson; born
in Brazil, November 20, 1958) is a martial artist and a mixed martial
arts fighter who holds a 7th degree black belt in
Jiu-Jitsu. He is a member of the Gracie family: the son of
Hélio Gracie, brother to
Rorion Gracie, and half-brother to the fighters
Royce Gracie and Royler Gracie.
Rickson was the winner of the Vale Tudo Japan tournament in 1994 and
1995. He is revered by many both within the Gracie family and in the
martial arts community.
Fighting record controversy
In addition Rickson Gracie's official
record in mixed martial arts of 11-0-0, there are unsubstantiated and
controversial claims of a remarkably extensive combined record in combat
sports. Organizations affiliated with him claim that for instance the
- He is undefeated with a combined
record of over 400 victories in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, Free-Style
Sambo, open weight free-style competitions, and no holds
barred challenge matches.
- He is a two time Brazilian Champion
in free-style wrestling.
- He is a Gold Medal Winner in
- He has been the middle-heavyweight
and no weight division World Jiu-Jitsu Champion for almost two
These claims have not been corroborated
by independent sources. Rickson's father Hélio Gracie stated in an
interview that "If you count all fights like everybody else does,
including Rickson, who says he has 400 fights; if you count like that, I
have a million."
Official Rickson Gracie