Rickson Gracie, the living legend of the legendary jiu-jitsu family. His name should be invictus Gracie, since the champion has never lost a fight in his career. The master of wrestling surprises in his tranquility and peace of mind.
Rickson Gracie is a 9th-degree red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Back between 1980s and 1990s he was believed to be the best fighter in mixed martial arts. He received his black belt at the age of 18.
The champion stands with 11 wins and 0 losses. All wins were completed with a submissions, 7 wins with rear-naked chokes, 2 wins with armbars and 2 wins with punches. All matches occurred between 1980 and 2000
One of the most classic fights of his was against Rei Zulu, back in 1980. Rickson weighed in 80kg (176lb) and Zulu weighed in 91kg (200lb). This one was an anything goes fight night and you can watch it on YouTube . Rickson, with a 11kg disadvantage, but that in Jiu Jitsu does not matter. He strategically moved himself to get the opponent’s back and applied the rear-naked choke. Fantastic match and excellent result in the end.
A few years later Rei Zulu and Rickson Gracie met again for a rematch. The result was the same. Gracie applied the rear-naked choke after nearly 12 minutes in the match.
The other mixed martial art fighters who were Rickson’s opponents were: Koichiro Kimura (not to be mistaken with Masahiko Kimura, the Japanese judoka and professional wrestler), Yuki Nakai, whom he submitted with a rear-naked choke.
Rickson was also matched up with Nobuhiko Takada in October 1997. Nobuhiko tapped to an armbar in the 4th minute
Rickson’s nickname, “Urso” which means bear. His father, Helio Gracie used to call him that because of Rickson’s incredible strength and powerful fighting style.
As years went on and Rickson Gracie created a successful fighting reputation along the way, you may think it would lead to more fights and more jiu-jitsu matches. However, things turned out tragically when his oldest son Rockson was found dead in New York back in 2000. At age 19, Rockson moved to New York in October 2000. He died in a few weeks after, but Rickson and family did not know about his death until February 2001 due to lack of contact and his whereabouts.
On July 2014 Rickson showed up as the face of a new Jiu Jitsu organization, the Jiu Jitsu Global Federation, an organization set to restore Jiu Jitsu back to it’s fighting roots and away from the sport specific aspect it has taken in recent years. Three years later (July 2017) he was awarded a red belt by that same organisation.