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Roger Gracie is a retired mixed martial arts fighter (MMA) and former professional jiu-jitsu athlete, who is widely regarded as one of the sport’s Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), a reputation conquered on the mats and solidified by his ten (10) International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championship titles as a black belt – four (4) more in the colored belt divisions. One of Gracie’s trademarks was his willingness to commit to the submission, being also one of the most accurate submission specialists at the highest level of grappling of all time.

Roger Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Roger Gracie Gomes

Nickname: N/A

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC Championship (2005***)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2004/2005/2006/2007 **/2008/2009**/2010**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2006*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2005**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2003*/2004*/2005*/2006*/2008*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2006)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place 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

76 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    62 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

62 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
29
18
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Cross choke
19
12
#5AD3D1
Armbar
16
10
#d1212a
RNC
10
6
#fad11b
Submission
8
5
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Choke
5
3
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Ezekiel
3
2
#ff9124
Triangle
3
2
#bf1f6c
Straight armlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
2
1
#fad223
Botinha
2
1
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Mounted X choke
2
1
62
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (29%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Roger Gracie Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
805Olav EinemoLPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2003
844Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSF2003
1069Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2004
1325Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2005
1378Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGF2006
1472Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2006
1986Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSF2008
4143Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
740Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPointsTeam NationalsO88KG4F2003
800Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGR12003
802Rigan MachadoRigan MachadoWPointsADCC99KG4F2003
807Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG3PLC2003
838Adriano CamolesiWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12003
840Marcos ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22003
842Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2003
1057Ricardo FrancoWSubmissionWorld Champ.100KGR12004
1058Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPointsWorld Champ.100KGSF2004
1059Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWRNCWorld Champ.100KGF2004
1064Leo RamosWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR12004
1065Roberto AgneseWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSR22004
1066Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 8x2World Champ.ABS4F2004
1068Fernando TerereFernando TerereWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2004
1127Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2005
1129Fernando PieroFernando PieroWStraight armlockEuropean OpenABSSF2005
1130Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0European OpenABSF2005
1199Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArmbarADCC99KG4F2005
1202Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2005
1204A. CacarecoWVerbal tapADCC99KGF2005
1205Justin GarciaWRNCADCC99KGR12005
1220Shinya AokiShinya AokiWBotinhaADCCABSR12005
1228Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWRNCADCCABS4F2005
1232Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCCABSSF2005
1234Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWRNCADCCABSF2005
1307Thiago BorgesThiago BorgesWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12005
1313Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2005
1314Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 12x2World Champ.100KGF2005
1319Fernando PieroFernando PieroWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12005
1320Robert OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22005
1322Fernando MarquesWArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2005
1324Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2005
1381T. GaiaWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR12006
1388Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2006
1391Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1393Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWTrianglePan AmericanABSF2006
1451Pedro SchmallWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2006
1453Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2006
1454Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.100KGF2006
1462Zumbi MachadoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12006
1467Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2006
1471Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2006
1721Jon EinemoWPts: 5x0ADCCABSSPF2007
1760Tim CarpenterWArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12007
1761Adriano CamolesiWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2007
1762Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2007
1764Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGF2007
1768Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1775Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x5World Champ.ABS4F2007
1779Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
1780Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1964Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
1968Luigi MondelliLuigi MondelliWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KG4F2008
1969Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2008
1970Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWCross chokeWorld Champ.O100KGF2008
1971Paul HalmeWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1980Tiago PereiraTiago PereiraWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1983Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
1985Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2359Bruno BastosBruno BastosWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KG4F2009
2360Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGSF2009
2361Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWEzekielWorld Champ.100KGF2009
2372Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2373Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2009
2374Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2714Luiz FernandoWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGR12010
2717Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2010
2719Walter VidalWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2010
2720Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2010
2722Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 13x2World Champ.100KGF2010
2735Frost MurphyWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2736Diego HerzogWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22010
2741Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2744Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
7569Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarUFC ExpoABSSPF2015
13434Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWChoke from backGracie ProABSSPF2017

Roger Gracie vs Rodrigo Comprido (2006)

Roger Gracie vs Andre Galvao (2008)

Marcus Almeida Half Guard Instructional

7 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.

  • 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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