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MMA Hall of Fame: Rickson Gracie

Written on May 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another legendary fighter steps in Fighting Insider's MMA Hall of Fame. From the Gracie family, a round of applause for Rickson Gracie!

Born on November 20, 1958, Rickson Gracie began competing in Jiu-Jitsu at six years old. He was only 15 when he started teaching Jiu-Jitsu, and was 18 when he received his black belt. At the age of 20, Rickson Gracie won against the famous 230-pound Brazilian brawler, Rei Zulu, where he gained national acclaim as the top freestyle fighter.

Rickson Gracie was a two-time Brazilian Champion in freestyle wrestling, Sambo Gold Medal winner, and has been the middle-heavyweight and no-weight division World Jiu-Jitsu Champion for almost 20 years. He also conquered Japan Open Vale Tudo, where he won on 1994 and 1995. Because of that, Rickson Gracie was acknowledged by the Japanese for possessing the Samurai Spirit.

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