Considered to be the founding father of MMA, the legendary Brazilian fighter hails from the family that essentially introduced jiu-jitsu to the world of MMA. More than anyone else, Gracie remains one of the greatest of all time due to the mark he made in mixed martial arts history. Royce Gracie did more than introduce a simple technique to a style of fighting, he transformed an entire sport to what it is today. Not only did he popularize Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he opened the eyes of fighters worldwide to the reality that a bout could be won with more than just fists – grappling and ground fighting were just as important. Many fans consider him to be the most influential figure in MMA history
Technique: Coming from the family made MMA what it is today, Gracie was a fighter that could not be countered once he set his hands on you. While most fighters at that time were used to winning by strikes, Gracie grappling abilities were unmatched, leaving even the strongest and skilled striker tapping out in an instant. No matter who he was pitted against, whether they were specialists in karate, taekwondo, or boxing, Gracie stood victorious the moment he managed to get that fighter to the ground. It wasn’t just the fact that many fighters at that time were unfamiliar with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one of the primary reasons why Gracie could continue to stack his wins was his ability to skillfully maneuver against his opponent, regardless of what position he was placed in. Patience was his strength, and whether it was making someone submit through side control or pull a guard from a clinch, Gracie knew just exactly what to do.
Overall Career: Standing at 6 feet, Gracie has a total of 15 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws. However, what is even more impressive is that, when entering the UFC, he won three of the first four tournaments from 1993 to 1995, holding the stats of 11-0-1. Placed in the UFC Hall of Famer, Gracie has several accomplishments under his belt: from being the first ever tournament champion in UFC history to holding the most wins by submission. Furthermore, both in the UFC and Pride Fighting Championship, Gracie is one fighter that has held the longest fights, a testament to his irreplaceable stamina.