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One of the true martial arts legends, Renzo Gracie is a Jiu Jitsu black belt from the famous Gracie family. A fantastic coach that has produced  several renowned black belts, Renzo Gracie primarily excelled as a competitor in the 1990’s winning important tournaments such as the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) and several MMA fights in Japan, Brazil and US. Renzo Gracie was also the main protagonist of a famous documentary about his life as a fighter named: Legacy.

Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Renzo Gracie

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Renzo Gracie

Nickname: N/A

Main Achievements (BJJ/ MMA/ Grappling)

  • ADCC champion (1998 and 2000)
  • Copa Atlantico Sul Champion (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994)

Favorite Technique: Guillotine

Weight Division: Peso Medio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Affiliation: Renzo Gracie BJJ

Renzo Gracie Biography

Renzo was born on March 11, 1967, in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He is the grandson of Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and son of 9th Dan BJJ black belt Robson Gracie, brother to Ralph and Ryan Gracie. Like most men in the Gracie family,  Renzo started training Jiu Jitsu as an infant. He had formal instructor from many of the Gracie patriarchs, but to of his biggest influences were the legendary Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr (the man who later awarded him his black belt).

The Renzo Gracie name is also a synonym of Vale-Tudo, the famous No Holds Barred style of fighting in Brazil that originated today’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Renzo’s first official fight was at the age of 25 in the Gracie Vale Tudo Challenge were he submitted his opponent Luiz Augusto Alvareda by rear naked choke.

Renzo pursued his fighting career moving to the US to compete where the sport was gaining recognition after the early UFC’s, he also opened his own academy in New York, a gym that rapidly became a reference in America and the world for high quality Jiu Jitsu. From this same academy Renzo Gracie forged fighters such as Matt Serra, John Danaher, Ricardo Cachorão, Shawn Williams, Jerry Rinaldi and many, many others.

After a successful victory over the famous Russian fighter Oleg Taktarov, Renzo was invited to defend the Gracie surname in Japan, a challenge Renzo grabbed with both hands. He went on to fight and be successful at the prestigious Pride FC.

Even though Renzo had spent most of his later years as a coach in his academy in New York, he never retired officially from competition, and in 2010 he signed a contract with the UFC at the age of 43, fighting Matt Hughes one of the most dominant UFC champions of all time on his first fight for the organization. Renzo was out classed and lost due to a TKO on the 3rd round showing many signs of ring rust due to his long inactivity period.

Renzo Gracie Grappling Record

14 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Guillotine
50
2
#86e620
Bread cutter
25
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (100%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Renzo Gracie Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
54Wallid IsmailWallid IsmailLPts: 6x0Desafio WxR82KGSPF1993
323Egan InoueEgan InoueLPts: 2x0ADCC88KG1/4F1999
773Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 9x0ADCC77KG1/4F2003
1164Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGR12005
3217Mario SperryMario SperryLPts: 2x0ADCCABSSPF2011
53De La RivaWAdvBrasileiro76KGNA1993
60Alexandre PaivaAlexandre PaivaWReferee DecisionAtlantico Sul82KGSF1994
61RogerioWBread cutterAtlantico Sul82KGF1994
152Frank TriggWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR11998
156Rodrigo ModriasWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG1/4F1998
158Fabiano IhaWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGSF1998
160Luis BritoWGuillotineADCC77KGF1998
320Fan YiWSubmissionADCC88KGR11999
412Dennis HallmanWPts: 7x0ADCC77KGR12000
418Israel AlbuquerqueWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG1/4F2000
421Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWGuillotineADCC77KGSF2000
423JJ MachadoJJ MachadoWAdvADCC77KGF2000
516Chris BrownWAdvADCC88KGR12001
770G. SotiropoulosWPointsADCC77KGR12003
5954SakurabaD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014

Renzo Gracie Legacy (Trailer)

 

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