March 11, 1967 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Residence||Holmdel Township, New Jersey, US|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (170 lb)
|Fighting out of||New York, New York, United States|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Combat Team|
6th Degree Black Belt in |
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Gracie family|
|Notable students||Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Georges St-Pierre, Rolles Gracie, Chris Weidman, Kyra Gracie, Frankie Edgar, Roy Nelson, Neiman Gracie, Gunnar Nelson|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|ADCC World Championship|
Renzo Gracie (/ /; born March 11, 1967) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. A member of the Gracie family of Brazil, Renzo is a 6th Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr.. He is the son of Robson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, nephew of Carlos Gracie, Jr. grandnephew of Helio Gracie, and the 1st cousin once removed of Royce Gracie. In mixed martial arts, Renzo has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride Fighting Championships, K-1, RINGS, and International Fight League (head-coaching the New York Pitbulls). He holds notable victories over five former UFC Champions: Frank Shamrock (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion), Carlos Newton (UFC Welterweight Champion), Pat Miletich (UFC Welterweight Champion), Maurice Smith (UFC Heavyweight Champion), and Oleg Taktarov (UFC 6 Tournament Winner)
A world famous Jiu-Jitsu coach, Gracie has helped train a number of professional fighters such as: Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Roy Nelson, Rodrigo Gracie and Paul Creighton. His brothers Ralph Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie were also famous fighters. Renzo Gracie: Legacy, a 2008 documentary film follows Renzo's influence on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed martial arts over a ten-year period, showing the origins of the sport from its bare knuckle days to the explosion of the sport in both Japan and America.
Mixed martial arts career
On February 10, 2007 Gracie won a match against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Frank Shamrock for upstart MMA promotion EliteXC on its debut night Saturday February 10, 2007, on Showtime. Gracie was able to take Frank down and keep the fight on the ground, until Shamrock was disqualified by referee Herb Dean for landing illegal knee strikes to the back of Gracie's head. Shamrock had already been given one warning earlier in the match for illegal strikes to the back of Gracie's head. After the match, Gracie had to be helped out of the ring and back to his dressing room by his team allegedly due to receiving a concussion from the strikes.
Renzo formerly coached a team, the New York Pitbulls, for the International Fight League.
Gracie is the head instructor at the Renzo Gracie Academy in midtown Manhattan. Many well known BJJ and MMA fighters have been trained by Renzo, including BJJ black belts Rodrigo Gracie, former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, BJJ World Champion Rafael "Gordinho" Correa, Paul Creighton, Alan Teo, former Middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida, Sean Alvarez, Chris Weidman.
Renzo Gracie also has affiliate academies in the United States, Brazil, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Israel.
Gracie has co-written two instructional books on jiu-jitsu; “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique” with his cousin Royler Gracie, and “Mastering Jujitsu” with training partner John Danaher. He has also been the personal jiu-jitsu teacher of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, since 1993.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Returning from a three year hiatus, Gracie signed a six-fight contract with the UFC in December 2009 and faced former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes on April 10, 2010, at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Although Gracie fared reasonably well against the American, he began to take more and more leg kicks, by the end of the second round, Hughes was taking more chances and the fight began to look more and more to his favor.
The third round saw Hughes score with a series of uppercuts and hooks that hurt Gracie. Hughes finished Gracie with a series of punches. Gracie lost to Hughes by TKO at 4:40 of round 3, becoming the second Gracie to fall victim to Matt Hughes, the other was his famous cousin Royce Gracie at UFC 60.
Gracie is a resident of Holmdel Township, New Jersey. He and his wife Cristina have three children, Catarina, Cora and Ruran. He has eleven brothers and sisters, including Charles Gracie, Flavia Gracie (Kyra Gracie's mother), Ralph Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie. In May 2014, Renzo was arrested at 1 Oak street in New York City after being charged with gang assault after sending a night club bouncer to the hospital. Renzo stated that he took the bouncher down but did not punch him. Renzo's cousin, Igor Gracie was arrested as well in the incident.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- World Combat Championships
- World Combat Championships 1 Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||13–7–1 (1)||Matt Hughes||TKO (leg kicks & punches)||UFC 112||April 10, 2010||3||4:40||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||13–6–1 (1)||Frank Shamrock||DQ (knees to downed opponent)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||2||2:00||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||12–6–1 (1)||Carlos Newton||Decision (split)||IFL: World Team Championships||December 29, 2006||3||4:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||11–6–1 (1)||Pat Miletich||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||September 23, 2006||1||3:37||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–6–1 (1)||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii||July 29, 2005||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||10–5–1 (1)||Carlos Newton||Decision (split)||Pride Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||10–4–1 (1)||Shungo Oyama||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 21||June 23, 2002||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||10–3–1 (1)||Michiyoshi Ohara||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 17||November 3, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||9–3–1 (1)||Dan Henderson||KO (punch)||Pride 13||March 25, 2001||1||1:40||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||9–2–1 (1)||Kazushi Sakuraba||Technical Submission (kimura)||Pride 10||August 27, 2000||2||9:43||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||9–1–1 (1)||Kiyoshi Tamura||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final||February 26, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–0–1 (1)||Maurice Smith||Submission (straight armbar)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||0:50||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||8–0–1 (1)||Wataru Sakata||Submission (armbar)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||1:25||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||7–0–1 (1)||Alexander Otsuka||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 8||November 21, 1999||2||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0–1 (1)||Sanae Kikuta||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pride 2||March 15, 1998||6||0:43||Yokohama, Japan|
|Draw||5–0–1 (1)||Akira Shoji||Draw||Pride 1||October 11, 1997||3||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|NC||5–0 (1)||Eugenio Tadeu||No Contest (fans rioted)||Pentagon Combat||September 27, 1997||1||14:45||Brazil|
|Win||5-0||Oleg Taktarov||KO (upkick)||Martial Arts Reality Superfighting||November 22, 1996||1||1:02||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||4–0||James Warring||Submission (ezekiel choke)||WCC 1: First Strike||October 17, 1995||1||2:47||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||3–0||Phil Benedict||Submission (punches)||WCC 1: First Strike||October 17, 1995||1||2:08||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ben Spijkers||Technical Submission (lapel choke)||WCC 1: First Strike||October 17, 1995||1||2:38||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||1–0||Luiz Augusto Alvareda||Technical Submission (rear naked choke)||Desafio: Gracie Vale Tudo||January 1, 1992||1||7:03||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
On November 14, 2008, there was limited release on DVD of a documentary, titled "Renzo Gracie: Legacy", which followed Gracie over 10 years of his life. The DVD was only released on Amazon.com and www.renzogracielegacy.com. Its tag line is "A 10 year history of mixed martial arts through the eyes of Renzo Gracie, one of its most charismatic pioneers."
- "ADCC Results". Official 2000 ADCC results. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- "ADCC Results". Official 1998 ADCC results. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- Renzo Gracie Bio at Evolve MMA[dead link]
- Renzo Gracie Coach of the New York Pitbulls. MMA Fighter Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighting style. Professional Fighting with Renzo Gracie. International Fight League
- Gracie, Renzo; Gracie, Royler (2001). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique. Invisible Cities Press LLC. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-931229-08-1.
- Gracie, Renzo; Danaher, John (2003). Mastering Jujitsu. Human Kinetics Publishers. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-7360-4404-2.
- "Professional fighter gets royal treatment as prince's trainer". ESPN by Ryan Hockensmith. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "UFC to make history in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112". ufc.com. 2010-01-27.[dead link]
- "UFC 112 Results: Matt Hughes Beats Up Renzo Gracie".
- Hinckley, David. "Renzo Gracie shares family martial arts tradition", Daily News (New York), February 27, 2008. Accessed March 15, 2011. "Gracie, 40, of Holmden [sic], N.J., is a world-class mixed martial arts competitor who has spent his life preaching and practicing Brazilian (a.k.a. Gracie) jujitsu: a judo-based martial art that his grandfather devised."
- Gracie Family Tree URL accessed on June 5, 2009
- Charles Gracie Family Tree URL accessed on June 5, 2009[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Renzo Gracie.|
- Official website
- Interview: Renzo Gracie and the Art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
- The official website of the documentary
- Renzo Gracie on Twitter
- Professional MMA record for Renzo Gracie from Sherdog