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RICKSON GRACIE

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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 Brazilian 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 following:

  • He is undefeated with a combined record of over 400 victories in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, Free-Style Wrestling, 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 Sambo.
  • He has been the middle-heavyweight and no weight division World Jiu-Jitsu Champion for almost two decades.

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."

- From Wikipedia.org

  • Official Rickson Gracie Website

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