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  • 09-15-2006, 03:56 PM
    Dan0
    From Gracie Mag:

    Rickson (pronounced Hickson), son of Helio Gracie, was born into Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. At six years old he began competing; at fifteen he started to teach the art; and at eighteen he received his Black Belt. At twenty Rickson won his first awe-inspiring victory against the famous 230-pound Brazilian brawler Zulu who until that time had enjoyed a 140-match, undefeated record. With this victory, Rickson gained immediate national acclaim as the top free-style fighter, leaving his mark on the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie challenge. Five years later Zulu requested a rematch and lost to Rickson again, in Maracanazinho before an audience of 20,000 spectators, this match is included in the footage of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu In Action Volume 1.
    Rickson is a 7th Degree Black Belt Open Class Champion of the Gracie Family, whose technique is considered to be the finest expression of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the world. His innate talent and early mastery of the sport have resulted in an impeccable undefeated record in more than 400 fights, including Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, free-style wrestling, Sambo, open weight free-style competitions, and no holds barred challenge matches. Rickson is a two time Brazilian Champion in free-style wrestling, a Gold Medal Winner of Sambo (Rickson Fights a Russian Sambo expert in Gracie Jiu Jitsu In Action Volume 2), and for almost two decades he has been the middle-heavyweight and no weight division World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Most recently, he conquered Japan's elite fighting in a tournament, the Japan Open Vale Tudo, winning both in 1994 and 1995. At this time, Rickson was acknowledged by the Japanese for possessing the Samurai Spirit.

    In the 1997 Pride 1 Vale Tudo match in Japan's Tokyo Dome (before 47,860 spectators), he defeated Japan's top ranked fighter, Nobuhiko Takada, in 4:47 of the first round. A year later, to the day, in the 1998 Pride 4 Vale Tudo match, Rickson defended his title. In the most awaited rematch in martial arts history, drawing an overwhelming 50,000 spectators to Japan's Tokyo Dome, Rickson defeated Takata once again. At Colosseum 2000, held at the Tokyo Dome, broadcast to 30 million TV Tokyo viewers (the highest viewed television program for its time slot), Rickson fought Japan's number one fighter, Masakatsu Funaki. He defeated his opponent with a rear naked choke in 11:46 of the first round.
    A modern day legend, Rickson Gracie has gained international acclaim for his leadership in disseminating the art and philosophy of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He espouses strong family values and a healthy life-style. He is the epitome of discipline, determination and sportsmanship.
    R i c k s o n G r a c i e, at five feet ten inches, is the acknowledged current champion of the Gracie clan. He is a son of Helio and never conceded a black-belt jiu-jitsu match in his jiu-jitsu tournament career. He is undefeated in NHB (no-holds barred). At age fifteen, he started to teach his family's art, and at eighteen he received his Black Belt. He trained under Rolls Gracie who was considered one of the Gracie clan's most gifted jiu-jitsu and vale tudo fighter of his generation. In turn, as Roll's protege, Rickson has become the greatest jiu-jitsu fighter alive.
    At the age of 20, Rickson defeated a 230-pound brawler named Zulu who enjoyed an undefeated record of 140-0 at that time. Five years later, Zulu requested a rematch and was again defeated by Rickson in Maracanazinho. (Fight footage is on one of the Gracie In-Action video tapes) The fight footage shows Rickson cautiously approaching the huge brawler, Zulu. In white bikini trunks, Rickson eventually closed the distance to clinch with Zulu. The powerful Zulu was able to pick Rickson up and slam him down to the mat. Rickson held tightly and wrapped his legs around Zulu's torso. Rickson struggled to control the huge Zulu. Eventually, Zulu made a mistake, which allowed the patient Rickson to slowly work to Zulu's back. Rickson snaked his way around Zulu's torso to end up hugging Zulu from behind and applying a choke. Zulu struggles in vain as he taps out in submission.
    Rickson also defeated Hugo Duarte, a vale tudo fighter on one occasion on the beaches of Rio. (This was captured on video tape and is on one of the Gracie In-Action tapes. Duarte belongs to a fighting style called "Luta Livre," which is known as the archrival in NHB competition of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil. Duarte would be defeated a second time by Rickson after Duarte's challenge
    Rickson fought in a Japanese event called Vale Tudo Japan. He won the first two NHB tournaments. His brother and partner, Royler Gracie has also appeared in the Vale Tudo Japan in 1996. Royler defeated Noburu Asahi, a shootfighter using the rear-naked choke in a NHB rules match.
    In December 1997, Rickson fought in an Japanese event called Pride 1 and defeated a Japanese pro wrestler named Takada. He came in with a shaved head and appeared heavier than before. In 1998, he met Takada for a rematch and defeated Takada once again with a submission in Pride 4.
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  • 09-15-2006, 06:20 AM
    Afro
    Quote Originally Posted by Minotauro
    I will quote myself to answer your question since its easier.
    hes like 59 years old though, if were talking in his prime id take him over a lot of MMA fighters
  • 09-15-2006, 06:14 AM
    Minotauro
    I will quote myself to answer your question since its easier.
    Quote Originally Posted by Minotauro
    Why else did he not fight them?

    He had no problem fighting Takada because he knew it would be a easy win over a big name in Japan but when ever a real fighter in the early Pride days wanted to fight him he refused.
  • 09-15-2006, 05:51 AM
    Afro
    Quote Originally Posted by Minotauro
    I agree that it is not 100% bs but if he had fought some of the top guys in MMA that wanted to fight him like Bas and Saku he would have lost and he knows it. Why else did he not fight them?

    He had no problem fighting Takada because he knew it would be a easy win over a big name in Japan but when ever a real fighter in the early Pride days wanted to fight him he refused.
    Why would he of lost??????

    either way hes a much much much better martial artist then Bas or Saku, by far!!!! the guy doesnt try to hurt anyone he fights and hardly does hes got amazing control, and hes an EXPERT at his craft.. won many many tournaments and medals.
  • 09-15-2006, 05:23 AM
    Minotauro
    I agree that it is not 100% bs but if he had fought some of the top guys in MMA that wanted to fight him like Bas and Saku he would have lost and he knows it. Why else did he not fight them?

    He had no problem fighting Takada because he knew it would be a easy win over a big name in Japan but when ever a real fighter in the early Pride days wanted to fight him he refused.
  • 09-15-2006, 05:15 AM
    Afro
    Rickson Gracie is considered one of the greatest martial artists ever

    his record isnt 100% BS, he just counts sparring partners and such.. but hes beatin a crap load of guys, won tournaments and such
  • 09-15-2006, 05:14 AM
    Minotauro
    Quote Originally Posted by AJL416AZ
    its just Gracie hype. even Helio just kind of blew off his claim of 400 plus fights w/ 0 losses.

    while his JJ is insane, even some of the modern guys agree, like Paulo Filho.

    theres a reason he never got into a ring with Bas or Sakuraba when they called him out. walking like a robot with your hands down wont work too well in modern MMA, no matter what level your grappling skills are on
    You hit the nail right on the head.

    I remember reading somewhere that his dad said Rickson would count the wins over his students in the dojo on to his record.
  • 09-15-2006, 01:25 AM
    omarchevy

    rickson gracie

    rickson can not compete with the top fighters today.his age prbably will slow him down.and someone like matt hughes will humiliate the top gracie like he did royce.chuck lidell or wanderlai silva will catch him with their ko punch.thats good he retired when he did or else his legend would of been destroyed.
  • 09-14-2006, 11:37 PM
    Storm442
    Quote Originally Posted by CincyNightmare
    Not at all, he was a god at the time when no one knew any better
    LOL @ your signature!
  • 09-14-2006, 11:36 PM
    CincyNightmare
    Not at all, he was a god at the time when no one knew any better
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