Even most casual fight fans have heard of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie, for good reason, and according to a report his 25 year-old son Kron plans to make his MMA debut soon.
Gracie is a first degree BJJ Black Belt, a Judo Black Belt, and has won world championships as a purple belt and brown belt. At the 2011 ADCC’s he placed third in the under 77KG (170 pounds) division. So, clearly he’s got the grappling side of MMA covered. While speaking to the Brazilian outlet Tatame Magazine recently, here’s what Gracie to say about transitioning into MMA and his father’s legacy as a fighter (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I believe I’ll make my MMA debut next year, that’s my next step,” Gracie said. “I would move away from jiu-jitsu competitions for a while to focus on that. It’s a truer fight, there’s no guard… It’s you and another man going to war. It’s truer than jiu-jitsu.”
“I want to be way better than my father was,” said the Brazilian. “There’s no other option for me. I will be better than him or I won’t even try. If I see him as a parameter, I see him as someone to surpass. If there were some other people, the best in the world, I would train to be better than him.”
“I always think of Pride and want to be recognized for maintaining this line of my family. I won’t fight with strategy or (to win by) points. I’m curious, I think it would be nice.”
Gracie, who lives in California now, reportedly added that training with Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers has furthered his desire to fight. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he does.
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