Kron Gracie - Greatest Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and MMA fighter

Kron Gracie - Greatest Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and MMA fighter

1. Kron Gracie’s Details

Name Kron Gracie
Pro MMA Record 5-1-0
Nickname Ice cream Kron
Date of Birth July 11, 1988
Nationality Brazilian/ American
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 5’9 ft
Weight 145 lb
Stance Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Last fight Still Active
Weight Class Featherweight/ Middleweight
Rank 1st Degree Black belt in Jiu-jitsu/ Black belt in Judo
Career Disclosed Earnings $152,000
Fought out of Los Angeles, California
College/University N/A
Trainer/Coach  Rickson Gracie/ Nate Diaz
Team Kron Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/ Cesar Gracie Jiu-jitsu
Foundation Style Close Guard/ Southpaw
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rickson Gracie -> Kron Gracie

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2. Kron Gracie’s Biography

"Jiu-Jitsu for sure will save your ass, one way or another. Not necessarily a physical fight but also being able to deal with yourself, know about yourself, and really improve yourself as a whole."

(Kron Gracie)

Kron Gracie, born on July 11, 1988, is the youngest son of jiu-jitsu master Rickson Gracie. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo. He has been named “Ice Cream Kron” for his aggressive combat style. He has won 51 matches consecutively at national and international tournaments. He is currently under a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

2.1. Kron Gracie’s Early life and Amateur Fighting  

How did he start?

Kron Gracie Junior Belt Rank

Born into the Gracie family, Kron possessed a natural talent for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began training under his father at a very early age. At the age of 10, he won his first competition as a yellow belt.

Choke, the legendary Rickson Gracie documentary from 1995, features an extremely young Kron Gracie, who can be seen competing with his father in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Impact of his Mentor’s Death

In December 2000, Kron Gracie's older brother Rockson Gracie passed away, bringing great distress to the Gracie family. Rockson was already a valued member of the family and his demise caused massive grief at home.

Determination of Young Kron Gracie

Although he was only 12 years old at the time, Kron quickly rose to the top of the media's priority list, being viewed as next in line to support the family's honor on the mats for the foreseeable future. Considering his competition record in the lower belt classes was remarkable, especially from his blue belt onward, Kron did not disappoint.

Pan Championship Debut

In 2005, he won his purple belt at the Pan Championship.

Multiple World Cup Record

In 2006, Kron won both the CBJJ World Cup and the IBJJF World Championship.

He received his brown belt in 2007 and became the Pan American and World Champion for the 4th time.

Kron Gracie Black Belt

At the age of 19, in 2008, Kron Gracie received his black belt from his Father Rickson Gracie.

In 2009, two days after the death of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, it was a very emotional day for Kron as he won the European Championship.

3. Kron Gracie’s Historic Fights

3.1. Professional Mixed Martial Arts Career

In February 2014, Kron Gracie officially announced his plans to pursue his MMA career. He began training with the Scrap Pack in California, a well-known group that is famous for fighters like the Diaz Brothers (Nate and Nick), Melendez, and more.

Kron vs. Hyung Soo-Kim

In December 2014, at the Real Fighting Championship: Real 1, Kron made his first MMA debut fighting against Hyung Soo-Kim (an MMA debutant) and won via armbar in 65 seconds in Round 1.

3.2. Japanese MMA Rizin Fighting Federation World Tournament

Kron vs. Asen Yamamoto

In December 2014, Kron faced Asen Yamamoto and won by using a triangle choke in Round 1.

Kron vs. Hied Tokoro

In September 2015, Kron fought against Hied Tokoro and won by applying a rear-naked choke.

4. Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC)

Kron signed a contract with UFC in November 2018. He made his first debut for the promotion.

4.1. Kron vs. Alex Caceres

In February 2019, at UFC on ESPN, Kron fought Alex Caceres and won by implementing  a rear-naked choke. As a result, he achieved his first-ever “Performance of the Night” title. 

4.2. Kron vs. Cub Swanson

In October 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 19, Kron fought against Cub Swanson. He lost the match  by unanimous decision.

4.3. Kron Gracie vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

At the 2016 Rizin World Grand-Prix: Final Round, Kron achieved a massive win as he pinned Tatsuya Kawajiri and dominated using BJJ techniques.

Kron spent most of the fighting in the clinch during the first round, Kron threw a very rare pulled guard move and a rear-naked choke to keep the pressure on Tatsuya.

Kron was aggressive throughout the match as he applied various strikes and kept  slapping him in the head.

5. The Peculiarity of Kron Gracie

Kron Gracie learned directly from his father and utilizes a very basic style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Kron does not opt for popular techniques. Rather, he relies on much simpler traditional styles.

Kron attacks ferociously and dominates the match in his own way. He never relies on the opponent to make a mistake. He plays open guard and is constantly attacking, responding, and countering.

Kron has experience in both judo and wrestling takedowns. His current style is very different from the current styles, as he mostly plays open guard, gets up, and immediately takes down the opponent.

6. Kron Gracie’s Championships and Accomplishments

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

  • IBJJF Pan/American World Champion
  • CBJJO World Cup Champion

Grappling Championship

  • Submission Wrestling Champion
  • Naga Champion
  • Gracie United Tournament

Ultimate Fighting Champion

  • 1x Fight of the Night
  • 1x Performance of the Night

7. Kron Gracie’s Main Achievements

7.1. Grappling Achievements

Position Belt/Weight Event Year
1st Under 77 kg Division ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship 2013
3rd Under 77 kg Division ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship 2011
1st Adult Middleweight Division Rickson Gracie Cup 2008
1st Adult Open Division Rickson Gracie Cup 2008
1st Adult Lightweight Division Naga Championship 2006
1st N/A 6th Annual Gracie United Tournament 2006
1st N/A NAGA Chicago Championship 2006

8. Kron Gracie’s Main Achievements(Belts)

Position/Achievement Belt Event Year
3rd Black IBJJF Pans Championship 2012
2nd Black IBJJF World Championship 2011
Champion Black IBJJF European Championship 2009
2nd Black IBJJF Pans Championship 2009
Champion Brown IBJJF Pan American Championship 2008
Champion Brown IBJJF World Championship 2007
Champion Brown Copa Pacifica de Jiu Jitsu Championship 2007
Champion Brown IBJJF Pan American Championship 2007
Champion Purple IBJJF World Championship 2006
Champion Purple CBJJO World Cup Champion 2006
Champion Purple South Bay Open Jiu-Jitsu Champion 2006
Champion Purple IBJJF Pan American Championship 2005

9. Kron Gracie’s Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Record Breakdown
6 Matches 05 Wins 01 Loss 0 Draw
By Knockout 0 0 0
By Submission 5 0 0
By Decision 0 1 0
By Advantages 0 0 0
By OT 0 0 0
By DQ 0 0 0

9.1. Kron Gracie’s Mixed Martial Arts Fight History

Year Event  Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2019 UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson Cub Swanson L Decision (unanimous) N/A Fight of the Night.
2019 UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez Alex Caceres W Submission (rear-naked choke) N/A Performance of the Night.
2016 Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round Tatsuya Kawajiri W Submission (rear-naked choke) N/A N/A
2016 Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: First Round Hideo Tokoro W Submission (rear-naked choke) N/A N/A
2015 Rizin Fighting Federation 2 Asen Yamamoto W Submission (triangle choke) N/A Featherweight debut.
2014 Real Fighting Championship: Real 1 Hyung Soo-Kim W Submission (armbar) N/A Catchweight (73 kg) bout.

10. Kron Gracie’s Grappling Record

Professional Record Breakdown
40 Matches 29 Wins 11 Losses
By Submission 23 3
By Points 1 7
By Decision 2 0
By Penalties 1 0
By Advantages 1 1
By DQ 1 0

10.1. Submission Methods W/L 

Submission Method 23 Wins 3 Losses
Guillotine 6 1
Armbar 4 0
Choke 5 0
Choke from Back 2 0
RNC 3 0
Botinha 2 0
Kneebar 1 1
Arm in Ezekiel 0 1

10.2. Kron Gracie’s Grappling Fight History

Year Event  Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2013 Metamoris 2 Shinya Aoki W Guillotine SPF ABS
2013 ADCC Andy Wang W RNC R1 77KG
2013 ADCC Garry Tonon W RNC 4F 77KG
2013 ADCC JT Torres W Armbar SF 77KG
2013 ADCC Otavio Sousa W Guillotine F 77KG
2012 Pan American David Gill W Choke R1 ABS
2012 Pan American R. Evangelista W Botinha R2 ABS
2012 Pan American Victor Estima W DQ 4F ABS
2012 Pan American Marcus Almeida L Kneebar SF ABS
2012 Pan American Carlos Ribeiro W Choke R2 82KG
2012 Pan American Jake Mackenzie W Choke 4F 82KG
2012 Pan American Victor Estima L Pts: 6x2 SF 82KG
2012 SD World Trials Beneil Dariush W Referee Decision SF 74KG
2012 SD World Trials Zak Maxwell L Pts: 4x0 F 74KG
2012 World Champ. Elan Santiago W Choke R2 82KG
2012 World Champ. Gabriel Rollo W Pts: 4x4, Adv 8F 82KG
2012 Metamoris Otavio Sousa W Armbar SPF ABS
2012 World Expo Victor Estima W Points SPF ABS
2011 World Champ. Sergio Rodrigo W Guillotine RDS 76KG
2011 World Champ. Rafael Barbosa W Choke RDS 76KG
2011 World Champ. Leandro Lo W Choke from back 4F 76KG
2011 World Champ. Michael Langhi W Referee Decision SF 76KG
2011 World Champ. Gilbert Burns L Pts: 9x2 F 76KG
2011 ADCC Jason Manly W Guillotine R1 77KG
2011 ADCC Murilo Santana W Pts: 0x0, Pen 4F 77KG
2011 ADCC Marcelo Garcia L Pts: 2x0 SF 77KG
2011 ADCC Claudio Calasans W Guillotine 3PLC 77KG
2010 Pan American R. Costa W Armbar R1 82KG
2010 Pan American Abmar Barbosa L Pts: 11x0 4F 82KG
2010 World Champ. Sergio Moraes L Pts: 4x4, Adv RD 82KG
2008 World Champ. Sergio Moraes L Arm in Ezekiel R1 82KG
2009 European Pedro Bessa W Guillotine SF 82KG
2009 European Yan Cabral W Choke from back F 82KG
2009 Pan American N. Phungephorn W Armbar 8F 82KG
2009 Pan American Abmar Barbosa W Kneebar 4F 82KG
2009 Pan American Carlos Ferreira W Botinha SF 82KG
2009 Pan American Lucas Leite L Pts: 7x0 F 82KG
2009 ADCC Erico Cocco W RNC R1 77KG
2009 ADCC Marcelo Garcia L Guillotine 4F 77KG
2009 World Champ. Lucas Leite L Pts: 2x0 4F 82KG

11. Video Links

Metamoris: Kron Gracie vs Otavio Sousa (Full match HD)

Gracie Breakdown: UFC Brazil + Kron vs. Shinya

Kron Gracie vs Hyung Soo Kim -The First Battle Kron Gracie MMA


Photo Credit: @ufc

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