MMA Legacy: Royce Gracie
What used to be an eight-man single elimination tournament became the world's biggest MMA event to date. Thanks to UFC's loyal supporters and one of its many pioneer fighters -- Royce Gracie.
Before names like Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva and George St-Pierre came into the MMA scene, there was one man who tops them all — Royce Gracie. He is a notable name in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, as he brought the popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at its peak by winning the first ever UFC event.
Coming from the prominent sporting family, Royce Gracie is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, and UFC Hall of Famer. One of the legends and pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts, he is considered as the most influential person in the sport’s history. Royce Gracie is distinct for beating larger opponents, and for winning UFC 1, UFC 2 and UFC 4. He also holds an impressive record of 11 submission victories.
He continued fighting until he met his last match, Dan Severn, and acquired another UFC victory. After this, the Gracie’s left the UFC, and Royce Gracie became the first inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 45, together with Ken Shamrock.