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Renzo Gracie (English pronunciation: /ˈhɛnzoʊ ˈɡræsiː/; born March 11, 1967) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) expert and a Gracie Barra Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and a member of the Gracie family from Brazil. He is the son of Robson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, nephew and 5th degree black belt[1] of Carlos Gracie, Jr. and grandnephew of Helio Gracie.

His brothers Ralph and the late Ryan Gracie are also famous fighters.[2] He holds notable wins in the sport of mixed martial arts over former UFC champions Pat Miletich, Oleg Taktarov, Frank Shamrock, Carlos Newton and Maurice Smith.

BiographyEdit

Gracie has competed both in BJJ and mixed martial arts events such as the PRIDE Fighting Championships, the International Fight League, RINGS, Martial Arts Reality Superfighting (MARS) and the World Combat Championship.

In February 10, 2007 Gracie won a match against Frank Shamrock for upstart MMA promotion EliteXC on its debut night Saturday February 10, 2007, on Showtime. Gracie was able to take Frank down fairly easily after being overmatched on his feet and was still able to dominate on the ground for most of the match before Shamrock was disqualified by referee Herb Dean due to landing illegal knee strikes to the back of Gracie's head while both fighters were on the ground. 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, current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, former BJJ World Champion Rafael "Gordinho" Correa, Paul Creighton, former Middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida, Sean Alvarez, Alan Teo, Mike Codella, Carl Massaro, Shawn Williams,Gabe Koura, Chad Lebrun and GRACIE Magazine founder Luca Atalla.

Renzo Gracie also has affiliate academies in US, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Israel.

Gracie also has written an instructional book on jiu-jitsu, called "Mastering Jiu-Jitsu", with his training partner John Danaher (NZ). He has also been the personal jiu-jitsu teacher of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, since 1993. [3]

UFCEdit

Renzo Gracie signed a six fight contract with the UFC in December 2009 and is scheduled to face former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes on April 10, 2010 at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Gracie is a resident of Holmdel, New Jersey. He and his wife Cristina have three children, Catarina, Cora and Ruran.[5] He has eleven brothers and sisters, including Charles Gracie, Flavia Gracie (Kyra Gracie's mother), Ralph Gracie and the late Ryan Gracie[6][7].

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Record Date Result Opponent Outcome Event Round Time Location
2010-04-10 United States flag Matt Hughes UFC 112: Invincible United Arab Emirates flag Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13–6–1(1) 2007-02-10 Win United States flag Frank Shamrock DQ (Knees to the head of a downed opponent) EliteXC: Destiny 2 2:00 United States flag Southaven, Mississippi, US
12–6–1(1) 2006-12-31 Win Canada flag Carlos Newton Decision (Split) IFL: World Team Championships 3 5:00 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, US
11–6–1(1) 2006-09-23 Win United States flag Pat Miletich Submission (Guillotine Choke) IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich 1 3:37 United States flag Moline, Illinois, US
10–6–1(1) 2005-07-29 Loss United States flag B.J. Penn Decision (Unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii 3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, US
10–5–1(1) 2003-10-05 Loss Canada flag Carlos Newton Decision (Split) PRIDE Bushido 1 2 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
10–4–1(1) 2002-06-23 Loss Japan flag Shungo Oyama Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 21: Demolition 3 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
10–3–1(1) 2001-11-03 Win Japan flag Michiyoshi Ohara Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 17: Championship Chaos 3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
9–3–1(1) 2001-03-25 Loss United States flag Dan Henderson KO (Punch) PRIDE 13 – Collision Course 1 1:40 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
9–2–1(1) 2000-08-27 Loss Japan flag Kazushi Sakuraba Technical Submission (Kimura) PRIDE 10: Return of the Warriors 2 9:43 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
9–1–1(1) 2000-02-26 Loss Japan flag Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (Unanimous) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Final 2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
9–0–1(1) 1999-12-22 Win United States flag Maurice Smith Submission (Armlock) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Block B 1 0:50 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
8–0–1(1) 1999-12-22 Win Japan flag Wataru Sakata Submission (Armbar) Rings – King of Kings 1999 Block B 1 1:25 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
7–0–1(1) 1999-11-21 Win Japan flag Alexander Otsuka Decision PRIDE 8 2 10:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
6–0–1(1) 1998-03-15 Win Japan flag Sanae Kikuta Submission (Guillotine Choke) PRIDE 2 6 0:43 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
5–0–1(1) 1997-10-11 Draw Japan flag Akira Shoji Draw PRIDE 1 3 10:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
5–0–0(1) 1997-09-27 No Contest Brazil flag Eugenio Tadeu No Contest – Fans Rioted Pentagon Combat 1 14:45 Brazil flag Brazil
5–0 1996-11-22 Win Russia flag Oleg Taktarov KO (Kick and Punch) MARS – Martial Arts Reality Superfighting 1 1:02 United States flag Birmingham, Alabama, US
4–0 1995-10-17 Win United States flag James Warring Submission (Choke) WCC 1: First Strike 1 2:47 United States flag Charlotte, North Carolina, US
3–0 1995-10-17 Win United States flag Phil Benedict Submission (Strikes) WCC 1 – First Strike 1 2:08 United States flag Charlotte, North Carolina, US
2–0 1995-10-17 Win 22px Ben Spijkers Submission (Choke) WCC 1 – First Strike 1 2:38 United States flag Charlotte, North Carolina, US
1–0 1992-01-01 Win Brazil flag Luiz Augusto Alvareda Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Desafio – Gracie Vale Tudo 1 7:03 Brazil flag Brazil

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DocumentaryEdit

On November 14 2008 there was limited release on DVD of a documentary, entitled "Renzo Gracie Legacy", which followed Renzo over 10 years of his life. The DVD was only released on Amazon.com and www.renzogracielegacy.comTemplate: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."

References Edit

External links Edit

Template:Gracie familyfr:Renzo Gracie ja:ヘンゾ・グレイシー sv:Renzo Gracie

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