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MMA Legacy: Royce Gracie

Written on January 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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 BJ Penn, 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 and winning the first ever UFC event.

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