Rolles Gracie, Jr.

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Rolles Gracie
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 36)[1]
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[1]
Residence Holmdel, New Jersey, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Weight 249.2 lb (113.0 kg; 17.80 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 80.0 inches (2.03 m)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Holmdel, New Jersey, United States
Team Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Jackson's Submission Fighting[2]
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3rd dan black belt in Judo[citation needed]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 8
By submission 8
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Rolles Gracie, Jr.
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Grappling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Silver 2007 New Jersey, USA 99 kg

Rolles Gracie Jr. (born July 14, 1978) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.[3] He is a 3rd degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the son of Rolls Gracie.[4]

MMA career[edit]

Gracie stepped into the International Fight League for his first MMA fight on the undercard of the IFL World Team Championships in 2007. He joined his cousin Renzo Gracie's New York Pitbulls in the IFL. Gracie's younger brothers Igor and Gregor are also mixed martial artists. Gracie was set to fight Ricardo Romero at Ring of Combat 24, April 17, 2009, but he withdrew from the fight a week before due to an injury sustained in practice.[5]

Gracie signed with Art of War Fighting Championship and made his debut on May 23, 2009, where he defeated Russian Judo expert Baga Agaev at 5:09 seconds in Round 1.[1] Rolles, in his second fight for the Art of War FC promotion, defeated K-1 kickboxing veteran, but at the time 0–2 in MMA, Peter Graham early in the first round.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Gracie was expected to make his UFC debut on February 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada against Mostapha Al-Turk[7] Due to Mostapha Al Turk having visa troubles, Gracie instead faced Joey Beltran in his UFC debut.[8] Gracie managed to take down Beltran early via the clinch. Gracie immediately got to the mount and attempted a rear-naked choke. Beltran was able to free himself and eventually reverse his way out of the mount. Gracie was exhausted after three minutes, and he gasped for air during several takedown attempts in the second round. On his third try, he lay on the mat and Beltran went to work. Beltran landed 15 shots as Gracie turtled, causing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:31 of the second round.[9]

Following the defeat, Renzo Gracie described Rolles' performance as "embarrassing"[10] and Gracie was quickly released from the promotion after just one fight.[11]

Post-UFC[edit]

Gracie was to face Mike Ciesnolevicz at a Shine Fights event on January 8, 2011.[12] The event, however, did not materialize.

Instead, Gracie made his first post-UFC appearance on April 22, 2011 at UCC 4: Supremacy. He defeated Braden Bice via submission in the first round.

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

On December 8, 2011 it was announced that Gracie had signed for Asian promotion ONE Fighting Championship.[13]

He made his debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 11, 2012 where he took on Bob Sapp.[14] Gracie won the fight in the first round by submission due to strikes.

Rolles faced Tony Bonello in a Heavyweight bout at ONE FC 5. He won via submission in the third round.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Gracie was set to take on Dave Huckaba at WSOF 3 on June 14, 2013.[15] However Gracie was forced out of the fight due to a wrist injury.[16]

In his promotion debut, Gracie faced Derrick Mehmen on WSOF 5 on September 14, 2013 at World Series of Fighting 5: Arlovski vs. Kyle, where he was knocked out in comical fashion. [17]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

On October 14, 2013, Rolles, along with Daniel Gracie, made an appearance for professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling at the King of Pro-Wrestling pay-per-view, issuing an open challenge for the January 4, 2014, Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome event, which was later answered by Yuji Nagata and Kazushi Sakuraba, the latter known as the "Gracie Hunter" for his MMA bouts with members of the Gracie family.[18][19] The Gracies lost the match via disqualification, after Daniel choked Nagata out with his gi.[20] A rematch between the two teams took place on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka and saw Rolles submit Sakuraba for the win.[21] On April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014, the Gracies defeated Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano in another tag team match.[22] The Gracies' win streak continued on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, where they defeated Sakuraba and Shinsuke Nakamura.[23] On May 25 at Back to the Yokohama Arena, Rolles wrestled his first singles match, where he was defeated by Sakuraba.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Gracie lives in New Jersey where he is the main instructor at his cousin Renzo Gracie’s jiu-jitsu school in Middletown, New Jersey.[25] He has a son named Hollis and two daughters named Kiara and Georgia.[26][27]

Gracie is the eldest son of Rolls Gracie, and grandson of Carlos Gracie. He is the older brother of Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8-3 Karol Bedorf TKO (body kick & punches) KSW 28 October 4, 2014 1 4:04 Szczecin, Poland For the KSW Heavyweight Championship
Loss 8–2 Derrick Mehmen KO (punch) WSOF 5 September 14, 2013 2 2:40 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 Yusuke Kawaguchi Submission (arm-triangle choke) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 December 31, 2012 1 2:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–1 Tony Bonello Submission (rear naked choke) ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012 3 1:33 Quezon City, Philippines
Win 6–1 Bob Sapp Submission (punches) ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes February 11, 2012 1 1:18 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win 5–1 Lee Mein Submission (arm-triangle choke) Wreck MMA: Unfinished Business October 28, 2011 1 1:51 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–1 Braden Bice Submission (arm-triangle choke) UCC 4: Supremacy April 22, 2011 1 1:05 Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–1 Joey Beltran TKO (punches) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 2 1:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0 Peter Graham Submission (arm-triangle choke) Art of War 14: Ground Zero September 26, 2009 1 1:43 Macau, China
Win 2–0 Baga Agaev Submission (rear naked choke) Art of War 12: Invincible May 23, 2009 1 5:09 Beijing, China
Win 1–0 Sam Holloway Submission (rear naked choke) IFL – 2007 Team Championship Final September 20, 2007 1 1:49 Hollywood, Florida, United States

Achievements[edit]

Jiu-Jitsu[1]

  • Silver Medal, ADCC World Championship 2007
  • No-Gi American National Super Heavyweight Champion (2010)
  • No-Gi Pan-American Champion (2008)
  • 3-time Pan-American Champion (1996, 2000, 2006)
  • Ranked #1 North America (2005)
  • 1st Place, Grapplers Quest Copa Atlantica (2005)
  • ADCC World Championship 2005 participant
  • Brazilian Teams Champion (2000)
  • 3rd Place World Championships (1999)
  • 2-time Brazilian National Champion (1996, 1999)
  • 2nd Place, World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (1998) (defeated by Carlos "Carlão" Santos)
  • 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion (1989, 1991, 1993)

Judo[1]

  • Gold Medal, Sunshine States Games (1998)
  • Gold Medal, Miami Dade Open (1998)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Alonso, Marcelo (2009-10-13). "The Next Great Gracie?". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Rolles Gracie MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. 1978-07-14. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Rolles Gracie, Jr. Bio URL accessed on June 5, 2009". Rollesgracie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Ring of Combat 24 Fight Card". Sherdog.com. 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Art of War ® Fighting Championship 14 - Ground Zero - Results | Art of War™ Fighting Championship ::: MMA China". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Rolles Gracie headed to UFC, meets Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 109". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joey Beltran official as late replacement, faces Rolles Gracie on UFC 109 prelims". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Cofield, Steve. "Next-generation Gracie bombs at UFC 109 - Cagewriter - UFC Blog - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
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  11. ^ www.mmaweekly.com[dead link]
  12. ^ "Gracie-Ciesnolevicz On Tap for Jan 8. Shine Fights". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Singapore’s One FC Launches; Gracies, Filipino Champs Aboard". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gracie, Shirai, Belingon Added to Feb. 11 One FC Card in Jakarta". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "World Series of Fighting 3 Gains Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAnda, Moves to Hard Rock". 
  16. ^ "Rolles Gracie Forced Off World Series of Fighting 3 Card; Fight Cancelled". 
  17. ^ "World Series of Fighting 5 results: Arlovski edges Kyle". mmajunkie.com. September 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "King of Pro-Wrestling". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ Namako, Jason (October 14, 2013). "10/14 NJPW iPPV Results: Tokyo, Japan (Tanahashi/Okada)". WrestleView. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "バディファイトPresents Wrestle Kingdom 8 in 東京ドーム". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The New Beginning in Osaka". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  23. ^ レスリングどんたく 2014. New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Back to the Yokohama Arena". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  25. ^ Renzo Gracie Middletown Martial Arts >> Instructor Bios
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  27. ^ ">> Gracie Family Tree". Charles Gracie. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 

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