May 25, 1971 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Other names||The Pitbull|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Team||Gracie Jiu Jitsu|
|Rank||4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ralph Gracie (the Pitbull; born May 25, 1971) is a Brazilian martial artist who has competed in mixed martial arts. He is the son of Robson Gracie and brother to Charles Gracie, Renzo Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie of the Gracie family.
The Telegraph described him as "a legend in fighting circles."
Mixed martial arts career
Ralph's 1995 American debut was featured in the short-lived Battlecade Extreme Fighting events. Gracie won fights versus Makoto Murauko, Steve Nelson, and Ali Mihoubi, the longest of which lasted a minute and thirty-four seconds. In sharp contrast to the typical "passive" Gracie approach, Ralph's aggressive and often brutal approach earned him the nickname of "The Pitbull".
In 2003, Ralph ended his absence from fighting to pit his skills against modern MMA fighters, earning a decision win over Dokonjonosuke Mishima. The following year, he suffered a loss to Takanori Gomi, who stopped Gracie in six seconds with knee strikes to the head in what would be Gracie's last MMA fight.
Upon retirement, Gracie held a record of six wins and one loss in sanctioned fights. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has won several BJJ tournaments. Ralph also owns and operates a series of martial arts academies in California (specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and has been doing so for over a decade.
Ralph Gracie currently has four academies in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Mountain View, Berkeley, and Dublin) and two in Orange County (Anaheim and Chino Hills); the largest of these being the San Francisco Academy. Kurt Osiander, who has been studying under Ralph Gracie for 17 years, is currently head instructor at the San Francisco Academy. Notable instructor, and 4th degree black belt, Luis Eduardo Fraga, has been head instructor at the Berkeley Academy since 2007.
BJJ black belts from Ralph Gracie include: Sean Roberts, Dave Camarillo, Carlos "Sapao" Ban, Cameron Earle, Dave Clahan, Luke Stewart, Kurt Osiander, Brad Jackson, Crispim Alexander, Mikyo Riggs, Alan "Gumby" Marques (Heroes Martial Arts), Will Dias, Don Geddis, Greg Rivera, Justin "Machine" Holder. Gracie has also taught former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion, BJ Penn, when he first came to California from Hawaii.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|7 matches||6 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||6–1||Takanori Gomi||KO (knees)||PRIDE Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||1||0:06||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Dokonjonosuke Mishima||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Steve Nelson||Submission (armbar)||Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 11||September 1, 1998||1||13:14||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Ali Mihoubi||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Fighting 3||October 18, 1996||1||1:34||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–0||Steve Nelson||Submission (strikes on the ground)||Extreme Fighting 2||April 28, 1996||1||0:44||Montreal, Canada|
|Win||2–0||Makoto Muraoko||Technical Submission (rear naked choke)||Extreme Fighting 1||November 18, 1995||1||0:40||Wilmington, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||1–0||Geraldo Silva||Submission (rear naked choke)||Desafio – Gracie Vale Tudo||January 1, 1992||1||1:25||Brazil|
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