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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 (10 of which in the black belt division) and mixed martial arts (MMA) 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, Maurício Gomes. Roger Gracie is also the grandson of jiu-jitsu founder Carlos Gracie and an inductee in the IBJJF Hall of Fame.

Roger Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roger Gracie Gomes

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2005***)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2004/2005/2006/2007 **/2008/2009**/2010**)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2006*)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2005**)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2003*/2004*/2005*/2006*/2008*)
  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2006)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2000 blue, 2001 purple, 2002** brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
*** Weight and absolute, submitting all 8 of his opponents, an achievement never accomplished by anyone before him.

Favorite Technique: Cross Choke from the mount position

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Affiliation: Gracie-Barra/Roger Gracie Academy

Roger Gracie Biography

Roger Gracie was born on 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 honor 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 by the change and his competitive run progressed. Roger Gracie also maintained his training with uncle Carlinhos, traveling 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 prestigious 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%)
    62 (82%)
    1 (1%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Cross choke
Mounted X choke
Straight armlock
Verbal tap
    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
804Olav EinemoLPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2003
843Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSF2003
1068Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2004
1324Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2005
1377Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2006
1471Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2006
1985Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2008
4142Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
739Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPointsTeam NationalsO88KG4F2003
799Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGR12003
801Rigan MachadoRigan MachadoWPointsADCC99KG4F2003
806Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG3PLC2003
837Adriano CamolesiWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12003
839Marcos ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22003
841Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2003
1056Ricardo FrancoWSubmissionWorld Champ.100KGR12004
1057Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPointsWorld Champ.100KGSF2004
1058Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWRNCWorld Champ.100KGF2004
1063Leo RamosWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR12004
1064Roberto AgneseWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSR22004
1065Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABS4F2004
1067Fernando TerereFernando TerereWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2004
1126Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2005
1128Fernando PieroFernando PieroWStraight armlockEuropean OpenABSSF2005
1129Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2005
1198Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArmbarADCC99KG4F2005
1201Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2005
1203A. CacarecoWVerbal tapADCC99KGF2005
1204Justin GarciaWRNCADCC99KGR12005
1219Shinya AokiShinya AokiWBotinhaADCCABSR12005
1227Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWRNCADCCABS4F2005
1231Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCCABSSF2005
1233Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWRNCADCCABSF2005
1306Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12005
1312Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2005
1313Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 12x2World Champ.100KGF2005
1318Fernando PieroFernando PieroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12005
1319Robert OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22005
1321Fernando MarquesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2005
1323Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2005
1380T. GaiaWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR12006
1387Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2006
1390Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1392Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWTrianglePan AmericanABSF2006
1450Pedro SchmallWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2006
1452Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2006
1453Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.100KGF2006
1461Zumbi MachadoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12006
1466Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2006
1470Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2006
1720Jon EinemoWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSPF2007
1759Tim CarpenterWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12007
1760Adriano CamolesiWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2007
1761Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2007
1763Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGF2007
1767Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1774Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x5World Champ.ABS4F2007
1778Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
1779Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1963Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
1967Luigi MondelliLuigi MondelliWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KG4F2008
1968Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2008
1969Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWCross chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2008
1970Paul HalmeWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1979Tiago PereiraTiago PereiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1982Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
1984Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2358Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KG4F2009
2359Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGSF2009
2360Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGF2009
2371Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2372Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2009
2373Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2713Luiz FernandoWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGR12010
2716Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2010
2718Walter VidalWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2010
2719Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2010
2721Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 13x2World Champ.100KGF2010
2734Frost MurphyWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2735Diego HerzogWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22010
2740Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2743Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
7566Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2015
13401Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017

Roger Gracie vs Rodrigo Comprido (2006)

Roger Gracie vs Andre Galvao (2008)

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher


  • 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

  • Fidel says:

    The new gym address is: 149 Freston Road, London, W10 6TH

  • carry says:

    why roger chose to go down in weight division, he used to be heavyweight, which suits his height well, but went down to light heavy, middle and then back to light heavy

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