|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12.9 st)|
|Fighting out of||Pleasant Hill, California|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||5th Degree Black Belt|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable students||Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, David Terrell, David Douglas|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Cesar Gracie (born Cesar Gronning) is an American Born 5th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt of brazillian decent and former mixed martial arts fighter who trains fighters at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Pleasant Hill, California. Cesar is a member of the Gracie family, the son of Sonja Gracie-Gronning (who is the daughter of Carlos Gracie) and not to be confused with his cousin also named Cesar Gracie who is the son of Reylson Gracie.
Gracie received his black belt from his uncle Carlos Robson Gracie on February 15, 1992. At that time, Robson headed the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. In 1996, Gracie received another certificate from his other uncle Carlos Gracie Jr., founder of Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJ) and son of Carlos Gracie who, along with brother Helio Gracie, were the co-founders of "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu", also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie was the 3rd Gracie in North America to open a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Gym (the first was his uncle Carley Gracie in 1972 and his cousin Rorion Gracie in 1978. Gracie's students include black belts David Terrell, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz who won The Ultimate Fighter 5, brown belts Bret Bergmark, Caleb Mitchell and the final Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez.
Cesar Gracie Black Belts:
- David Terrell
- Nick Diaz
- Jake Shields
- Nate Diaz
- George Alber
- Gilbert Melendez
- Jason Manly
- Yuzo Sasaoka
- Bill Hotter
- Daniel Marks
- Wade Vierra
- Moses Baca
Gracie is known for his DVD Jiu-Jitsu instructional series.
Mixed martial arts career
On March 10, 2006, Gracie made his mixed martial arts debut, taking on former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Frank Shamrock in the main event of the Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Gracie" pay-per-view event. Shamrock knocked out Gracie just 20 seconds into the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Frank Shamrock||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||March 10, 2006||1||0:20||San Jose, California, United States|
- Cesar Gracie Academy Website
- Cesar Gracie Academy MySpace
- High School Yearbook
- Professional MMA record for Cesar Gracie from Sherdog