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Roger Gracie is a jiu jitsu black belt, considered by many to be the greatest competitor of all time in the sport. a 14x World Champion (12 of which in the black belt division) and mixed martial arts competitor, this Gracie family representative from Rio de Janeiro, moved to London, England in his youth, opening one of the counties largest academies with the help of his father, Mauricio Gomes. Roger Gracie is also the grandson of jiu jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and a inductee to the IBJJF Hall of Fame.

Roger Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roger Gracie Gomes

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie

Main Achievements (BJJ/Grappling):

  • World Champion (2000 blue, 2001 purple, 2002 brown weight & absolute, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 weight & absolute, 2008, 2009 weight & absolute, 2010 weight & absolute)
  • Absolute Silver Medallist (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 – all at black belt)
  • ADCC (2005 weight and the absolute*)
  • European Open Champion (2005 weight & absolute)
  • Pan American Champion
  • Brazilian national Champion

*Submitting all 8 of his opponents, an achievement never accomplished by anyone before him.

Weight Division (BJJ): Super Heavy Weight

Favorite Technique: Cross Choke from mount position

Affiliation: Gracie-Barra/Roger Gracie Academy

Sponsor: Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

Roger Gracie Biography

Roger Gracie was born in September 26, 1981. He is the son of Reila Gracie (daughter of Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie) and Mauricio Gomes (one of a handful of men who had the honour of receiving their black belts from BJJ legend Rolls Gracie). Roger started training Jiu Jitsu early in life, like most Gracies, though he didn’t actually set his mind into the sport until his late teens. According to Roger Gracie in an interview given to Graciemag a few years ago, he realized how much he wanted to become a professional jiu jitsu competitor after he spent some time in the south of Brazil, training with his uncle Rilion Gracie. The two other men that can be considered just as crucial to Roger Gracie’s development as a fighter have been his uncle Carlos Gracie Junior and cousin Renzo Gracie.

With the Gracie blood running in his veins, he quickly picked up the BJJ game very quickly winning several championships as a blue belt, including the Pan Ams and the Mundial (World Championship) in 2000. It was around this time that Roger was forced to move to London, England, to live with his father after a few personal problems. Being his father himself a BJJ an excellent coach, Roger’s BJJ wasn’t harmed by the move and his competitive jiu jitsu run continued. Roger Gracie also maintained his training with uncle Carlinhos, travelling to Rio de Janeiro on many occasions to train at the Gracie Barra headquarters.

With an ever growing list of achievements in sport BJJ, his uncle “Carlinhos” awarded Roger his black belt in 2004. A year after receiving his black belt Roger competed again in ADCC (he had competed in 2003 also as a brown belt when he got 3rd place), being victorious in both his weight and the absolute (open weight) division, submitting all 8 opponents to get both titles, this was the first time a competitor accomplished such a tremendous feat.

Roger Gracie’s first MMA fight was against the veteran Ron Waterman, whom he submitted by armbar. Ron had never been submitted before throughout his long career. He then went to fight Yuki Kondo a Japanese MMA legend and former Pancrase Champion, Roger submitted Kondo by Mata Leao (Choke). His third fight was in American soil in the prestigeous Strikeforce organization, he fought another legend, Kevin Randleman, and as expected finished the fight early in the second round after showcasing some unexpected boxing skills. Just a few days after the fight Roger went on to win the Mundials (World BJJ Championships) for a record 14th time with just a few weeks to prepare for the gi competition. He submitted everyone apart from Ricardo Abreu “Demente” but still managed to win against the Nova Uniao standout with a conclusive 13×2. Roger Gracie’s career moved on to MMA after his 3rd world absolute victory, where he set the record for open weight wins in the black belt division.

Roger Gracie Academy Address:
237 Kensal Road, Ladbroke Grove
W10 5DB

Roger Gracie Grappling Record

    12 (16%)
    1 (1%)
    59 (81%)
    1 (1%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Cross choke
Mata leao
Cross ck. f/ mount
Verbal tap
    6 (75%)
    2 (25%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Roger Gracie Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
609Olav EinemoLPts: 2x0ADCCU99kgSemi f.2003
611Olav EinemoLPts: 2x0ADCCU99kgSemi f.2003
642Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 3x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2003
794Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2004
981Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2005
999Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLAdvPan AmericanU100kgFinal2006
1082Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteFinal2006
1494Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2008
2992Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaDN/AMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
560Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPointsTeam NationalsO88kg1/4 final2003
605Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 5x0ADCCU99kgRd 12003
607Rigan MachadoRigan MachadoWPointsADCCU99kg1/4 final2003
613Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCCU99kg3rd Plc2003
636Adriano CamolesiWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12003
638Marcos ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22003
640Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2003
782Ricardo FrancoWSubmissionWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12004
783Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPointsWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2004
784Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWMata leaoWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2004
789Leo RamosWSubmissionWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12004
790Roberto AgneseWCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22004
791Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 8x2World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2004
793Fernando TerereFernando TerereWCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi2004
824Fernando PieroFernando PieroWSubmissionEuropean OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2005
825Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0European OpenAbsoluteFinal2005
873Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArmbarADCCU99kg1/4 final2005
876Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWMata leaoADCCU99kgSemi f.2005
878A. CacarecoWVerbal tapADCCU99kgFinal2005
879Justin GarciaWMata leaoADCCU99kgRd 12005
893Shinya AokiShinya AokiWBotinhaADCCAbsoluteRd 12005
901Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWMata leaoADCCAbsolute1/4 final2005
905Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2005
907Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWMata leaoADCCAbsoluteFinal2005
976Fernando PieroFernando PieroWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12005
977Robert OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22005
979Fernando MarquesWArmbarWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2005
980Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2005
983Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12005
989Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2005
990Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 12x2World Champ.U100kgFinal2005
1000Thiago GaiaWSubmissionPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12006
1002Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWSubmissionPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2006
1003Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1004Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWTrianglePan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2006
1061Pedro SchmallWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2006
1063Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2006
1064Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2006
1072Zumbi MachadoWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12006
1077Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2006
1081Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2006
1261Jon EinemoWPts: 5x0ADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2007
1290Tim CarpenterWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12007
1291Adriano CamolesiWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2007
1292Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWCross chokeWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2007
1294Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2007
1298Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1305Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x5World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2007
1309Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWSubmissionWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2007
1310Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteFinal2007
1472Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12008
1476Luigi MondelliWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2008
1477Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2008
1478Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWCross chokeWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2008
1479Paul HalmeWChokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
1488Tiago PereiraWChokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1491Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
1493Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 12x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2008
1706Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross chokeWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2009
1707Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWEzekielWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2009
1708Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWEzekielWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2009
1719Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
1720Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
1721Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteFinal2009
1900Luiz FernandoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12010
1903Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2010
1905Walter VidalWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2010
1906Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2010
1908Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 13x2World Champ.U100kgFinal2010
1922Frost MurphyWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12010
1923Diego HerzogWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22010
1928Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2010
1931Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2010

An accurate account of Roger Gracie’s jiu jitsu/grappling competition record, from 2002.Roger Gracie vs Ronaldo Souza Part 1

Roger Gracie vs Ronaldo Souza Part 2

Roger Gracie vs Rodrigo Comprido (2006)

Roger Gracie vs Fernando Terere

Roger Gracie vs Andre Galvao


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • WishIwasRoger says:

    I wish I could learn from Roger………..the boogeyman

  • Steve says:

    So what do you think about the superfight coming up between Roger and Bucheca? Think I’m going with Roger all the way. You know at first I wasn’t too into Roger because he seemed like he was a lot bigger and lankier than his opponents, like Terere and Marcelo. And I love Jacare too so that match was tough to sit still through.

    But as you watch and study Roger, most of the stuff he uses all stems from the basics. He’s got underrated judo in my opinion and then when he gets mount, it’s just a matter of time before some collar choke is cutting off your air.

  • theguy says:

    roger did not move to london from brazil he moved to birmingham first and then london afterwards.

  • Caleb says:

    Roger fought bruno Bastos in the semi finals at the 2010 worlds, bruno won bronze that year

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