Roger Gracie: Famous Name Pushes Me Forward
Filed under: Strikeforce
Roger Gracie is one of the most decorated Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners in the world, but in mixed martial arts, he’s a novice: He’s only fought twice — once in 2006 and once in 2008 — and hasn’t really been tested in winning a couple of quick submission victories against Yuki Kondo and Ron Waterman.
Novice or not, though, Gracie will be on the main Showtime card at the May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis when he fights former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman. The reason, of course, is the last name that’s been famous in Brazil for more than half a century and became famous in the United States when Royce Gracie won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993, when Roger was 10.
Roger sounds ambivalent about how that famous last name has shaped his career.