Renzo Gracie

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Renzo Gracie
Born (1967-03-11) March 11, 1967 (age 50)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Holmdel Township, New Jersey, US
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Division Welterweight (170 lb)
Middleweight (185lb)
Style BJJ, GJJ, Judo, Submission Wrestling, Kickboxing,
Fighting out of New York, New York, United States
Team Renzo Gracie Combat Team
Rank      6th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]

Black belt in Judo[citation needed]
Years active 1992-2010
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 13
By knockout 1
By submission 8
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 4
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Spouse Cristina Gracie
Children Catarina Gracie, Cora Gracie, Ruran Gracie
Notable relatives Gracie family
Notable students

Matt Serra, Nick Serra,

Ricardo Almeida, Shawn Williams,[2], Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Georges St-Pierre, Rolles Gracie, Chris Weidman, Kyra Gracie, Frankie Edgar, Roy Nelson, Neiman Gracie, Gunnar Nelson, Joe D'Arce, Vinicius de Jesus, Harley Flanagan
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Renzo Gracie
Medal record
Submission Wrestling
ADCC World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2000 -77kg[2]
Gold medal – first place 1998 -77kg[3]

Renzo Gracie (/ˈhɛnz ˈɡræs/; Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɦẽzu ˈɡɾejsi]; 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 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,[4] 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.[5] 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[edit]

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, David Branch (fighter), Rafael Natal, former Middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida, Sean Alvarez and former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.

Renzo Gracie also has affiliate academies in the United States, Brazil, Peru, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Israel.

Gracie has co-written two instructional books on jiu-jitsu; “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique”[6] with his cousin Royler Gracie, and “Mastering Jujitsu”[7] 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.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.


On November 22, 2014, Renzo fought Sakuraba in a grappling match in Metamoris V. The fight ended in a draw.

Personal life[edit]

Gracie is a resident of Holmdel Township, New Jersey. He and his wife Cristina have three children, Catarina, Cora and Ruran.[11] He has eleven brothers and sisters, including Charles Gracie, Flavia Gracie (Kyra Gracie's mother), Carla Gracie (Neiman Gracie's mother), Ralph Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie.[12][13] 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.[14] Renzo stated that he took the bouncer down but did not punch him.[15] Renzo's cousin, Igor Gracie was arrested as well in the incident.[16]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Renzo Gracie

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Submission Grappling[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • World Combat Championships
    • World Combat Championships 1 Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–7–1 (1) Matt Hughes TKO (leg kicks and 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 - Collision Course March 25, 2001 1 1:40 Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–2–1 (1) Kazushi Sakuraba Technical Submission (kimura) Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors 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 and punch) 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

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Draw Japan Kazushi Sakuraba Draw Metamoris V 2014 1
Loss Brazil Mario Sperry Points ADCC 2011 Superfight 2011 1
Loss United States Mike Fowler Points ADCC 2007 -77kg 2007 1
Loss Brazil Pablo Popovitch Points ADCC 2005 -77kg 2005 1
Loss Brazil Marcelo García Points ADCC 2003 -77kg 2003 1
Win Australia George Sotiropoulos Points ADCC 2003 -77kg 2003 1
Loss United States Chris Brown Advantage ADCC 2001 -88kg 2001 1
Win Brazil Jean Jacques Machado Advantage ADCC 2000 -77kg 2000 1
Win Brazil Marcio Feitosa Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC 2000 -77kg 2000 1
Win Brazil Israel Albuquerque Points ADCC 2000 -77kg 2000 1
Win United States Dennis Hallman Points ADCC 2000 -77kg 2000 1
Loss Japan Egan Inoue Points ADCC 1999 -99kg 1999 1
Win China Fan Yi Submission (verbal) ADCC 1999 -99kg 1999 1
Win Brazil Luis Brito Submission (guillotine choke) ADCC 1998 -77kg 1998 1
Win Brazil Fabiano Iha Points ADCC 1998 -77kg 1998 1
Win Brazil Rodrigo Modarias Points ADCC 1998 -77kg 1998 1
Win United States Frank Trigg Decision ADCC 1998 -77kg 1998 1
Loss Brazil Wallid Ismail Points Desafio WxR 1993
Win Brazil Ricardo de la Riva Advantage Campeonato Brasileiro 1993


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 and[citation needed] Its tag line is "A 10 year history of mixed martial arts through the eyes of Renzo Gracie, one of its most charismatic pioneers."


  1. ^ [1] URL accessed July 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "ADCC Results". Official 2000 ADCC results. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ADCC Results". Official 1998 ADCC results. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Renzo Gracie Bio at Evolve MMA Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ " - Ready For Development". 
  6. ^ Gracie, Renzo; Gracie, Royler (2001). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique. Invisible Cities Press LLC. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-931229-08-1. 
  7. ^ Gracie, Renzo; Danaher, John (2003). Mastering Jujitsu. Human Kinetics Publishers. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-7360-4404-2. 
  8. ^ "Professional fighter gets royal treatment as prince's trainer". ESPN by Ryan Hockensmith. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  9. ^ "UFC to make history in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112". 2010-01-27. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "UFC 112 Results: Matt Hughes Beats Up Renzo Gracie". 
  11. ^ 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."
  12. ^ Gracie Family Tree URL accessed on June 5, 2009
  13. ^ Charles Gracie Family Tree URL accessed on June 5, 2009 Archived April 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (27 May 2014). "Renzo Gracie breaks silence on alleged nightclub brawl". MMA Fighting. 
  15. ^ Fox Sports. "Renzo Gracie: I didn't punch club bouncer, because he 'chickened out'". FOX Sports. 
  16. ^ Fox Sports. "Renzo Gracie, cousin Igor arrested, charged with gang assault after nightclub incident". FOX Sports. 

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