The First UFC Champion: the Best Fights Of Royce Gracie’s Career

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Royce (pronounced “Hoyce”) Gracie is the "Godfather" of the UFC and is literally the ambassador for Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Gracie is the reason that there are more jiu-jitsu academies than 7/11 stores in your neighborhood.

From the UFC's initiation, Gracie dominated. Even though UFC was considered "no holds barred" fighting, Gracie imposed his will and style on every opponent and constantly proved to be unrivaled. The UFC had two rules when it debuted on November 12, 1993; no biting and no gouging. It was initially an eight-man tournament that was all completed in one night. No weight classes—all of the fights were one single round and they could only end in a submission, knockout, referee's stoppage, or a corner throwing in the towel. It was a gladiator-esque sport that even Maximus would have deemed brutal.
Although Gracie stands at 6 feet and weighed only 175 pounds, he was the boss. He routinely fought against opponents who were much bigger and heavier than he was and he still somehow managed to submit them within minutes of the first round.

While the sport was experiencing an incredible infusion of fighting styles, Gracie proved that his Brazilian jiu-jitsu was a superior martial art that could neutralize even the baddest dudes. His extraordinary success led to every single UFC participant being well schooled in the art of jiu-jitsu or they would simply be no match for an opponent in the octagon. Jiu-jitsu was there long before Gracie came to the UFC, but he is the one who exposed it to the masses and changed the whole sport of mixed martial arts forever. These are Royce Gracie's Top 5 Fights.

The First UFC Champion: the Best Fights Of Royce Gracie’s Career
Image Credit: Wikimedia
Royce (pronounced “Hoyce”) Gracie is the "Godfather" of the UFC and is literally the ambassador for Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Gracie is the reason that there are more jiu-jitsu academies than 7/11 stores in your neighborhood.

From the UFC's initiation, Gracie dominated. Even though UFC was considered "no holds barred" fighting, Gracie imposed his will and style on every opponent and constantly proved to be unrivaled. The UFC had two rules when it debuted on November 12, 1993; no biting and no gouging. It was initially an eight-man tournament that was all completed in one night. No weight classes—all of the fights were one single round and they could only end in a submission, knockout, referee's stoppage, or a corner throwing in the towel. It was a gladiator-esque sport that even Maximus would have deemed brutal.?Although Gracie stands at 6 feet and weighed only 175 pounds, he was the boss. He routinely fought against opponents who were much bigger and heavier than he was and he still somehow managed to submit them within minutes of the first round.

While the sport was experiencing an incredible infusion of fighting styles, Gracie proved that his Brazilian jiu-jitsu was a superior martial art that could neutralize even the baddest dudes. His extraordinary success led to every single UFC participant being well schooled in the art of jiu-jitsu or they would simply be no match for an opponent in the octagon. Jiu-jitsu was there long before Gracie came to the UFC, but he is the one who exposed it to the masses and changed the whole sport of mixed martial arts forever. These are Royce Gracie's Top 5 Fights.
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The UFC and Brazilian jiu-jitsu will be forever in debt to Royce Gracie. There is no telling where the art of jiu-jitsu and the sport of MMA would be today if Gracie had never graced the cage with his presence. Gracie went over six years before suffering his first loss to Sakuraba, a loss he would avenge in his final professional fight seven years later. There will never be another fighter like Gracie in the UFC, or in any sport for that matter, as all of the particulars that he had to overcome in order to be the best will never be duplicated. Although he was rarely the larger fighter in the cage or ring, nobody ever had a bigger heart than Gracie.