Of all the members of the Gracie clan to come to UK shores, few have made as big an impact on the BJJ competitive circuit as Roger Gracie. Mauricio Gomes’ lad won his first world title when he was 24 and is a ten time IBJJF World Champion and ADCC champion who has submitted a who’s who of BJJ royalty over the years, including Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, Shinya Aoki, Fernando Terere and Fabricio Werdum.
In addition to his grappling prowess, Roger Gracie can also boast an enviable MMA career when, after fighting on numerous smaller promotions, he moved to One FC and went on to claim the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship by submitting Polish powerhouse Michal Pasternak in the first round.
Roger Gracie hasn’t been submitted since he was a blue belt and has accomplished so much in the sport, becoming third-degree blackbelt in the process. However, one man whose own BJJ acheivements overshadow Rogers is Marcos Almeida, also known as ‘Buchecha’.
Roger Gracie had put his name forward for the IBJJF Grand Prix tournament in the hopes that he and Buchecha would meet each other in the finals, but he’d also verbally confirmed with his cousin, Kyra Gracie, that he’d compete on her new event, The Gracie Pro, if she could get Marcos signed up to face him.
The Gracie Pro event took place on Sunday and saw Roger Gracie submit Buchecha after seven minutes, giving him the epic win he’d been looking for with which to close his career. In the midst of much exuberant celebration, Gracie spoke in his post match interview to state, “I told myself if I won, if I do really well, that would be my career.”
With his win against Almeida secured, Gracie is leaving competitive BJJ to focus on his MMA career at One. He leaves BJJ without a single competitve loss on his score sheet.
The match between the world’s greatest grapplers can be watched on FloGrappling.