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Roger Gracie is a jiu jitsu black belt, regarded by many of the sport’s fans as the greatest competitor of all time. 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 teens, opening one of the county’s biggest academies with the help of his father, Mauricio Gomes. Roger Gracie is also the grandson of jiu jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and a inductee in 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 – UK to live with his father after he was involved in a police matter. Being his father himself one of the best grapplers of his generation and an excellent coach, Roger’s Jiu Jitsu progression wasn’t harmed harmed by the change and his competitive run progressed. 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 Jiu Jitsu, 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's Jiu Jitsu Record

List of Roger Gracie’s fight results and stats in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Submission Wrestling in the sport’s most important tournaments, since receiving his black belt.

Roger Gracie Grappling Record

    12 (16%)
    1 (1%)
    61 (81%)
    1 (1%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Cross choke
Straight armlock
Verbal tap
Cross ck. f/ mount
    5 (71%)
    2 (29%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Roger Gracie Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
798Olav EinemoLPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2003
837Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSF2003
1062Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2004
1299Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2005
1348Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2006
1442Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2006
1951Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2008
4020Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaDN/AMetamorisABSSPF2012
733Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPointsTeam NationalsO88KG1/4F2003
793Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGR12003
795Rigan MachadoRigan MachadoWPointsADCC99KG1/4F2003
800Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG3PLC2003
831Adriano CamolesiWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12003
833Marcos ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22003
835Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2003
1050Ricardo FrancoWSubmissionWorld Champ.100KGR12004
1051Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPointsWorld Champ.100KGSF2004
1052Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWRNCWorld Champ.100KGF2004
1057Leo RamosWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR12004
1058Roberto AgneseWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSR22004
1059Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABS1/4F2004
1061Fernando TerereFernando TerereWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2004
1116Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS1/4F2005
1118Fernando PieroFernando PieroWStraight armlockEuropean OpenABSSF2005
1119Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2005
1177Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArmbarADCC99KG1/4F2005
1180Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2005
1182A. CacarecoWVerbal tapADCC99KGF2005
1183Justin GarciaWRNCADCC99KGR12005
1198Shinya AokiShinya AokiWBotinhaADCCABSR12005
1206Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWRNCADCCABS1/4F2005
1210Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCCABSSF2005
1212Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWRNCADCCABSF2005
1281Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12005
1287Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2005
1288Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 12x2World Champ.100KGF2005
1293Fernando PieroFernando PieroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12005
1294Robert OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22005
1296Fernando MarquesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2005
1298Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2005
1351T. GaiaWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR12006
1358Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1361Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1363Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWTrianglePan AmericanABSF2006
1421Pedro SchmallWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2006
1423Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2006
1424Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.100KGF2006
1432Zumbi MachadoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12006
1437Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2006
1441Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2006
1690Jon EinemoWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSPF2007
1729Tim CarpenterWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12007
1730Adriano CamolesiWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2007
1731Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2007
1733Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGF2007
1737Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1744Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x5World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1748Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
1749Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1929Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
1933Luigi MondelliLuigi MondelliWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2008
1934Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2008
1935Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWCross chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2008
1936Paul HalmeWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1945Tiago PereiraTiago PereiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1948Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1950Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2315Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2009
2316Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGSF2009
2317Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGF2009
2328Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2329Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2009
2330Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2667Luiz FernandoWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGR12010
2670Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2010
2672Walter VidalWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2010
2673Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2010
2675Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 13x2World Champ.100KGF2010
2688Frost MurphyWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2689Diego HerzogWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22010
2694Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2697Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
7192Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2015

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


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  • 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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