Roger Gracie is a ten-time BJJ world champion but the Brazilian says his most recent martial arts achievement is the crowning moment of his career. Earlier this month he claimed the inaugural ONE Championship light heavyweight title with a submission win over Michal Pasternak in Singapore.
Winning gold at the Mundials ten times is no easy feat, but we have come to expect these types of accomplishments from the Gracie family in BJJ competition. That’s why this MMA triumph means so much more to the 34-year-old.
“It was one of the happiest days of my life. Becoming the ONE light heavyweight world champion means more to me than all of my BJJ world titles. I carried a lot of pressure into this fight because I carried the Gracie name and my family on my shoulders on the global stage of MMA in the second largest MMA organization in the world.”
Gracie has only fought six times in the last five years as he moved from Strikeforce to the UFC to ONE Championship. These changes of promotion probably contributed to his lack of activity but the Brazilian says he plans to be much more busy from this point forwards.
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“For sure, I hope to stay busy as a world champion. I also would like to fight for the middleweight title and try to become a two division world champion.”
Gracie’s title win was at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and he did the final stages of his fight camp at Evolve MMA. The Brazilian subsequently decided to join the team there ….View full article