A UFC veteran, Rolles (Sometimes named Rolls Gracie Junior) also carries the surname of arguably the strongest of MMA and BJJ lineages. Still active today, Rolles competes in both MMA and Grappling.
Rolles Gracie Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Rolles Gracie
Rolles Gracie Weight Division: Rolles weighes 115Kg which makes him a Heavy Weight in MMA and a Super Heavy weight in Jiu Jitsu.
Rolles Gracie’s most Famous Fight was against Marcelinho Garcia in ADCC 2007 (which he lost due to tap out).
Rolles Gracie’s main Achievements (BJJ/ MMA/ Grappling)BJJ No-Gi Pan American Champion (2008); Brazilian National Champion (1996 – Blue Belt, 1999 – Purple Belt); Grapplers Quest Champion (2005); Brazilian Teams Champion with Gracie Barra (2000 – Brown Belt).
It is also mentioned in several interviews and reports that Rolles has a few USA state level medals in Judo, although we are unsure at what state.
Rolles Gracie Tean/Affiliation: Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Rolles Gracie Junior Biography
Rolles was born July 14, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also mentioned several times as Roll(e)s Junior as his father was the family and BJJ Legend Rolls Gracie (although their names are slightly different).
Rolles started his contact with the family tradition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through his father and grandfather (Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie). That came to a stop in 1982 (Rolls was 6 years old) when his father passed away after an odd accident while gliding.
A few years later, in 1996 he restarted his tuition at the hands of his uncle Rilion Gracie, his father’s younger brother at his academy in Santa Catarina, South of Brazil. He also cross trained with his other uncle Carlinhos Gracie at Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. With his uncles training he went on to achieve several medals at different BJJ competitions.
In 1998 he moved to Boca Raton in Florida to live with his mother, unfortunately there wasn’t many BJJ schools nearby, so he picked up Judo practice, were he also excelled, and winning important competitions in the sport.
In 1999 Rolles decided to go back to Rio to pursue his desire to achieve BJJ greatness. That came by the hands of Carlinhos Gracie, who handed him the black belt a few years later.
In 2004 Rolles moved to New York City to work with his older cousin Renzo Gracie, helping him with his classes while improving his all around game in preparation for an MMA career he craved for.
Under the Renzo Gracie banner he initiated his MMA career, in 2007 in the IFL (International Fight League).
He then moved on to fight in China for the Art of War promotion.
In 2009 he joined Greg Jackson’s MMA team spending his training between the Albuquerque based team and Renzo’s at NYC. He also awarded former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans his BJJ Black Belt on January 2nd 2010.
Marcelo Garcia v Rolles Gracie ADCC 2007
Rolles Gracie vs. Rick Macauley ADCC 2007
Rolles Gracie vs. Sam Holloway – IFL