Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

Roger Gracie is a BJJ black belt and possibly the greatest Jiu Jitsu competitor to have ever stepped on a mat. a 14x World Champion (12 of them as a Black Belt) and climbing up the ranks in the MMA scene, this Gracie family representative from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, moved to London, England in his youth, opening one of the biggest schools there 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):

  • 14x World Champion (2000 blue, 2001 purple, 2002 brown weight & absolute, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 weight & absolute, 2008, 2009 weight & absolute, 2010 weight & absolute)
  • 5x Absolute Silver Medallist (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 – all at black belt)
  • ADCC (2005 weight and the absolute*)
  • 2005 European Open Champion (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
London
W10 5DB

Roger Gracie Grappling Record

An accurate account of Roger Gracie’s jiu jitsu/grappling competition record, from 2002.

Opponent W/L Method Tournament Weight Stage Year
Rodrigo Asmus W N/A World Champ. Pesado Final 2002
F. Di Piero W Armbar World Champ. Absolute Rd 1 2002
Leo Ramos W N/A World Champ. Absolute Rd 2 2002
Mauricio Felt W Choke World Champ. Absolute Rd 3 2002
L. Montenegro W Points: 2×0 World Champ. Absolute Semi 2002
Ronaldo “Jacaré” W Points: 6×4 World Champ. Absolute Final 2002
Demian Maia W Points Team Nationals Pesado N/A 2003
Mario Sperry W Points: 2×0 ADCC Finals U99kg Rd 1 2003
Rigan Machado W N/A ADCC Finals U99kg ¼ 2003
Olav Einemo L Points (OT) ADCC Finals U99kg Semi 2003
Xande Ribeiro W N/A ADCC Finals U99kg 3rd Plc 2003
Marcio Cruz  L Points: 3×0 World Champ. Absolute Final 2003
Leo Ramos W Submission World Champ. Absolute Rd 1 2004
Roberto Agnese W Submission World Champ. Absolute Rd 2 2004
Marcelo Garcia W Points: 8×2 World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2004
“Terere” W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute Semi 2004
Ronaldo “Jacaré” L Points: 4×2 World Champ. Absolute Final 2004
Ricardo Franco W Submission World Champ. Super Pesado Rd 1 2004
Roberto Tozi W N/A World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2004
“Comprido” W Mata leão World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2004
F. Di Piero W Submission European Open Absolute Semi 2005
Ronaldo “Jacaré” W Points: 2×0 European Open Absolute Final 2005
Justin Garcia W Mata leão ADCC Finals U99kg Rd 1 2005
Eduardo Telles W Armbar ADCC Finals U99kg ¼ 2005
Xande Ribeiro W Mata leão ADCC Finals U99kg Semi 2005
“Cacareco” W Quit ADCC Finals U99kg Final 2005
Shinya Aoki W Foot lock ADCC Finals Absolute Rd 1 2005
Fabricio Werdum W Mata leão ADCC Finals Absolute ¼ 2005
Xande Ribeiro W Mata leão ADCC Finals Absolute Semi 2005
Ronaldo “Jacaré” W Mata leão ADCC Finals Absolute Final 2005
F. Di Piero W Armbar World Champ. Absolute Rd 1 2005
Robert Oliveira W Choke World Champ. Absolute Rd 2 2005
Fernando Boi W Armbar World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2005
Saulo Ribeiro W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute Semi 2005
Ronaldo “Jacaré” L Points: 2×0 World Champ. Absolute Final 2005
Fernando Pontes W Choke World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2005
Xande Ribeiro W Points: 12×2 World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2005
Xande Ribeiro L Adv.: 1×0 Pan American Super Pesado Final 2006
Thiago Gaia W Submission Pan American Absolute Rd 1 2006
Vinny Magalhaes W Submission Pan American Absolute ¼ 2006
Rafael Lovato Jr W Armbar Pan American Absolute Semi 2006
Xande Ribeiro W Triangle Pan American Absolute Final 2006
Pedro Schmall W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado ¼
“Comprido” W Armbar World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2006
Robert Drysdale W Cross choke World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2006
Zumbi Machado W Submission World Champ. Absolute Rd 1 2006
Rodrigo Cavaca W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2006
Marcelo Garcia W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute Semi 2006
Xande Ribeiro L Pt: 4×4, Adv: 2×1 World Champ. Absolute Final 2006
Tim Carpenter W Armbar World Champ. Super Pesado Rd 1 2007
Adriano Camolesi W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado ¼ 2007
“Comprido” W Cross choke World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2007
Robert Drysdale W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2007
Fernando Pontes W Points: 9×5 World Champ. Absolute Rd 1
Rodrigo Cavaca W Armbar World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2007
Robert Drysdale W Submission World Champ. Absolute Semi 2007
Romulo Barral W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute Final 2007
Jon O. Einemo W Points: 5×0 ADCC Superfight - - 2007
Rodrigo Cavaca W Submission World Champ. Pesadissimo Rd 1 2008
Luigi Mondelli W Choke f back World Champ. Pesadissimo ¼ 2008
Eduardo Telles W Advantages World Champ. Pesadissimo Semi 2008
Leonardo Leite W Cross choke World Champ. Pesadissimo Final 2008
Paul Halme W Choke World Champ. Absolute Rd 1 2008
Tiago Pereira W Choke World Champ. Absolute Rd 2 2008
Alexandre Souza W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2008
André Galvao W Points: 12×0 World Champ. Absolute Semi 2008
Xande Ribeiro L Points: 4×2 World Champ. Absolute Final 2008
Bruno Bastos W Cross choke World Champ. Super Pesado ¼ 2009
Bernardo Faria W Ezekiel choke World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2009
Ricardo Abreu W Ezekiel choke World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2009
Rafael Lovato Jr W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2009
C. Calasans W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute Semi 2009
Romulo Barral W Cross choke World Champ. Absolute Final 2009
Luiz Fernando W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado Rd 1 2010
Bruno Bastos W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado ¼ 2010
Walter Vidal W Choke f back World Champ. Super Pesado Semi 2010
Ricardo Abreu W Points: 13×2 World Champ. Super Pesado Final 2010
Frost Murphy W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute Rd 1
Diego Herzog W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute Rd 2 2010
Tarsis Humpreys W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute ¼ 2010
Rodrigo Cavaca W Choke f back World Champ. Absolute Semi 2010
Romulo Barral W Injury World Champ. Absolute Final 2010
Marcus Almeida* D Draw Metamoris Absolute Superfight 2012

* Draw, submission only competition.

Roger Gracie vs Ronaldo Souza Part 1

Roger Gracie vs Ronaldo Souza Part 2
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Roger Gracie vs Rodrigo Comprido (2006)

Roger Gracie vs Fernando Terere

Roger Gracie vs Andre Galvao

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3 Comments

  • 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.

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