Kron Gracie Lives Up To Family Name By Slicing Bruce Leeroy Up Like Butter
Kron Gracie made his long-awaited UFC debut tonight against wily veteran Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres on the UFC’s inaugural event on ESPN.
Kron’s career in MMA was almost dictated to him from birth. Kron’s father is the legendary fighter and grappler Rickson Gracie, who compiled an undefeated record in recorded MMA fights at 11-0 with all of his wins coming via submission. Rickson is also known for his starring role in the 1995 documentary film Choke, that followed Rickson’s exploits in the 1995 Vale Tudo Japan Tournament which he won.
Kron was always destined to follow his father’s footsteps into MMA, but first cut his teeth in the sport of submission grappling, where he proved hugely successful. Kron’s time in submission grappling was capped off with his gold medal victory in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships, winning every match by submission before transitioning to the sport of MMA.
After debuting in the Japanese RIZIN promotion, Kron amassed an undefeated record of 4 wins with no losses, again with all of his wins coming via submission.
— UFC (@ufc) February 17, 2019
To supplement his grappling training, Gracie has honed his striking skills with the Diaz brothers in Stockton, California. As a result of their close relationship, Nate Diaz served as one of Kron’s cornermen for tonight’s fight.
Longtime Diaz rival Conor McGregor took to Twitter prior to the fight to express his excitement at seeing Kron’s UFC debut.
Very excited to see Kron Gracie compete tomorrow in the UFC.
Son of Rickson, partner of Diaz.
So much lineage.
Very proud and exciting moment here for the prestigious Gracie family. Remember that without this family, none of us would have a job we loved.
Good luck and Respect.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 17, 2019
Despite clearly having less media attention on him in the leadup to tonight’s fight, Alex Caceres has proved in his UFC career to be no pushover. Unlike Gracie, Caceres had a far less auspicious start to his fighting career, competing in DADA 9000’s backyard fighting organisation.
At yesterday’s weigh-ins, both men made the 146lbs weight limit for their featherweight bout, before squaring off in front of media and fans.
There is a new member of the Gracie family in the UFC. With ease, Kron Gracie wrapped his arms around the neck of Alex Caceres and picked up a slick rear-naked choke win in just 2:06 at UFC Phoenix. On Twitter, pro fighters praised his performance.
— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019
— Capo (@Capoviews) February 18, 2019
Kron Gracie: “Whoop there it is! This is what I do every day. This is pretty basic for me. I’d like to thank my team and Nate Diaz. This is my first fight. Everybody else better watch their f—ing neck.” #UFCPhoenix
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