At the dawn of combat sports, there was one name that stood above the rest: Gracie. Known in Brazil for their wonderful artistic ground based submission grappling, Helio Gracie and his sons began a journey into the dark oblivion when UFC 1, and Mixed Martial Arts, were put on center stage in the United States.
UFC 1 would be the start of a revolution, even if it was a revolution that would not be acknowledged a decade later when Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar waged war.
However, that night, one man reigned supreme over all; Royce Gracie. Show casing his marvelous skill called “Gracie Jiu Jitsu”, the scrawny Brazilian took the world by storm and didn’t look back.
The rest is history.
Yet and still, one thing many people were not aware of was the fact that Royce wasn’t the first choice to represent the Gracie family at UFC 1.
Rickson Gracie-The Warrior In The Ring
The man who was supposed to represent the family Gracie in the cage that night was the much larger, stronger Rickson Gracie. Rickson, the half-brother of Royce, was built like an 18-wheeler, and fought like it as well.
While he isn’t known for his fighting skills, Rickson still made a good living off of them. In his 11 career bouts, Rickson won all of them, going perfect throughout his career. Despite being a strong, imposing figure, Rickson lived up to his family namesake and won all of his fights by way of submission.
A truly dangerous grappler, Rickson would make his name known for his fighting skills, despite not being an MMA fighter at heart. He was known greatly for something much, much more impressive.
Rickson Gracie-The Warrior On The Mat
While Rickson is a dangerous man with gloves on, he is even more dangerous without them. A known grappler, Rickson is the son of the iconic Jiu Jitsu figurehead, Helio Gracie.
Legend has it that Rickson—between his BJJ, MMA, Sambo, Vale Tudo, etc. fights—has a compiled record of 400 wins and zero losses.
While it can be disputed if it is true or not, it only adds to the long laundry list of what Rickson Gracie is known for. If there is one man that could go a potential 400-0, it’s him.
Not only is Rickson an outstanding grappler, he has the hardware to prove it. Many people celebrate the fact that they are a black belt, whereas Rickson? Well, he’s a black belt in Judo…and an 8th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu!
Rickson Gracie, simply put, is a mainstay in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. He has made an impact that can never be ignored, not overlooked by his peers. He is truly a legend in the sport and the culture.