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Roger Gracie - (GOAT) Greatest of All Time

Roger Gracie - (GOAT) Greatest of All Time

1. Roger Gracie’s Details

Roger Gracie’s Details
Name Roger Gracie Gomes
Nickname N/A
Born Brazil
Age 41
Date of birth 26 September 1981
Weight 100,50 kg (222.0 lbs)
Weight Division Super-Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)
Current Coach Mauricio Motta Gomes
Current Affiliation Roger Gracie Academy
Height 6’4’’
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank 5th Degree Black Belt
Head Coach Carlos Gracie Junior
Last Fight 2017 Gracie Pro Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Cross Choke from Mount Position
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlos Gracie Junior -> Roger Gracie
Team Association Gracie-Barra & Roger Gracie Academy
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2. Roger Gracie’s Biography

Roger Gracie Gomes is 10 times World Champion and an elite grappler. He started BJJ at a very early age and now became a 5th-degree Black Belt. He is considered the greatest of all time (GOAT) in BJJ.  

2.1. Grandson of Carlos Gracie: the Founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Roger Gracie is the son of Reila Gracie who is the daughter of Carlos Gracie Sr, the founder of BJJ. His father Mauricio Gomes is also an eighth-degree BJJ Coral belt holder.   

2.2. BJJ Rooted Childhood

Just like other Gracies, Roger Gracie also started training BJJ at an early age. Despite his family background in BJJ, he was not interested in BJJ from his childhood. During his adolescent years, he focused on BJJ and started taking interest in this grappling sport.  

2.3. Legends Involve in the Professional Development of Roger Gracie

During his teenage years, Roger was dedicated to BJJ and started training with full dedication and devotion. He was great in BJJ from the Blue Belt level.

According to Mauricio Gomes, Roger was a little lazy and chubby. He visited his cousins in south Brazil and got motivated. Then he told his parents that he would be the greatest athlete.

Roger Gracie mentioned in an interview that during his stay in south Brazil with Rilion Gracie (his uncle), he wanted to pursue BJJ in the future. Two other people who are credited for the development of Roger Gracie are Carlos Gracie Junior and his cousin, Master Renzo Gracie who is a 7th Degree Coral Belt Holder.  

2.4. BJJ is in his Blood

Roger Gracie was a great BJJ fighter from his early days. He was focused and picked every aspect of the game with minute precision. Until his Blue Belt, he did not get submitted or defeated by any opponent. His skills made him a world champion from a young age and he started to attract the attention of the BJJ community. 

2.5. Relocated to the U.K.

During his Blue Belt division years, Roger was involved in a police matter with three other BJJ athletes. Due to this reason, Roger’s mother got worried about him and forced him to travel to the UK where his father was running his own Gracie Barra BJJ academy.

His father was also a top grappler and a top BJJ coach, so Roger Gracie continued his journey in BJJ in the U.K.  

2.6. Started Roger Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Along with His Father

In 2004, Along with his father Mauricio Motta Gomes, who is an 8th-degree BJJ Coral Belt holder, Roger Gracie started his academy named as Roger Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in London. Now the franchises of Roger Gracie academy expanded globally and have various branches in different countries like Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, U.K. 

2.7. Happily Married

Roger Gracie lives in the U.K. with his wife. She met him in the U.K. Both have two children, a son named Tristan and a daughter named Maya.

2.8. Roger’s Net Worth

Roger Gracie is a millionaire. This is not a wonder because he is the most well-known and great BJJ fighter of his era. He owns various gyms internationally, has his own websites with Instructional videos, and does most crowded webinars and seminars. He also has his own house in London.  

2.9. Roger’s BJJ Pro Combats

Promoted to Black Belt

Roger Gracie continuously surprised everyone with his achievements. His coach and uncle, Carlos Gracie Junior, also known as “Carlinhos” promoted him to Black Belt in 2004.

Never Submitted

In almost 20 years of his BJJ career, it is a world record that Roger Gracie was never submitted by any opponent. Until his blue belt, he never lost any match. In his black belt career, he lost just 7 seven matches, but none of them involved submission.   

Record Performance in ADCC 2005

Roger Gracie showcased a fabulous performance in the 2005 ADCC and submitted all 8 opponents in the championship.

Ten Times World Champion with Black Belt

Roger Gracie made another record in that he won ten IBJJF World championships and three of them are in the open weight category. These ten victories are under the Black Belt division. He also won the World Championship for three consecutive years.

Most Important Fight of Roger Gracie’s Career

According to Roger Gracie, in 2017 Gracie Pro Jiu-Jitsu, Roger faced Buchecha and this was the most important fight of his career. This is the last fight of Roger’s career. He mentioned in a documentary that something he feels like he had never felt before, especially in Jiu-Jitsu before his fight with Buchecha. 

Selected for Hall of Fame

Another Record of Roger Gracie is that he was the first and the most deserving athlete who was inducted into the ADCC and IBJJF Hall of Fame. So we can say, the ADCC Hall of Fame was inaugurated by the nomination of Roger Gracie.  

Roger Gracie is the only grappler to win two gold medals (with Light Heavyweight and Absolute categories) with a 100% submission rate.

Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt

Roger Gracie received his 5th Degree Black Belt from his father Mauricio Gomes on 25th July 2022, on the happy occasion of Gomes's birthday. Mauricio Mota Gomes is also an 8th-degree Red and White Coral belt holder. Roger was promoted to Black Belt by Carlos Gracie junior in 2004.

2.10. Retirement from BJJ

Currently, Roger Gracie does not participate in any BJJ competition, he also did not officially announce his retirement from BJJ. 

2.11. Roger Gracie and Gordon Ryan at John Danaher’s Place

On 23rd November 2022, John Danaher posted on social media that he is grateful to get the chance to host the great BJJ athlete of all time, Roger Gracie.

John mentioned that he loved to have Roger on the mat and found that he is the best of all athletes he has ever met. He is still a great BJJ athlete even in his 40s and no one can beat him in skills.  

2.12. Online Courses by Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie is also participating in online coaching through his online websites like Gracie Barra Academy where he teaches various BJJ techniques through instructional videos.

His instructional videos include: choke from the mount, Armbar from the mount, and from the Closed Guard to the back.

2.13. Why Roger Gracie is the Best BJJ Grappler?

Roger Gracie is the best grappler of all time. He is well known for his best execution of BJJ techniques and submission ratio.

According to Misho Ceko, Roger Gracie has the best understanding of the basics of BJJ techniques and he has proficiency in the basics. He does not change the foundation of techniques; rather he can adjust their use, distance, and timings but always stick to the basic technique. 

2.14. Roger Gracie’s First Black Belt Publishes His Book

Nic Gregoriades is Roger’s First Black Belt. He just got his Black Belt in a short period of four years. He published his book “The Black Belt Blue Print” which is the best guide for BJJ beginners.   

2.15. Roger’s MMA Pro Combat 

MMA Debut

In 2006, Roger Gracie made his MMA debut and submitted his opponent in the first round. He submitted Ron Waterman by applying for an Armbar. Ron Waterman was not submitted by any other fighter before.  

Fight Against a Japanese MMA Legend

In his second MMA fight, Roger Gracie submitted Yuki Kondo who was a Japanese legend and Pancrase Champion. Roger submitted Yuki Kondo by Mata Leao, a peculiar BJJ Choke. 

Last Fight in MMA

In his last MMA fight, Roger Gracie submitted Michal Pasternak in the first round of the ONE FC Championship by applying Arm Triangle in the Cruiserweight category. 

2.16. Retirement from MMA

One year after winning his last MMA fight, Roger Gracie officially announced his retirement from MMA in October 2017. 

2.17. Roger Gracie’s Historic Fight

Roger Gracie Vs. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

In 2012, Roger Gracie faced Marcus Almeida Buchecha in Metamoris 1. This match was named the greatest match in Jiu-Jitsu history. The match lasted about 20 minutes.

Marcus was 22 years old and received his Black Belt two years ago in 2010 while Roger had a long list of achievements in the IBJJF World Championships. But Marcus showcased great BJJ skills. In this match, Marcus was the first to take down Roger and scored two points.

Marcus tried to submit Roger with Toe Hold but Roger actively escaped and got two points for the sweep. At the end of the match, Marcus tried to submit Roger but once again Gracie escaped.

This was a memorable match for BJJ fans. In the end, this match ended with a draw.    

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2012 Metamoris 1 Marcus Almeida Buchecha Draw Referee Decision SPF Open Class

Roger Gracie Vs. Rodrigo Medeiros

In this match, Roger Gracie faced Rodrigo “Comporido” Medeiros in IBJJF Black Belt League 2015. He returned to the mat after three years.

At the start of the match, Comporid took down Roger by disturbing his balance with leg pulling. He scored two points. Gracie countered by applying full guard and took advantage of his full guard by mounting him from his back and scoring 4 points.  

Till the end of the match, Gracie did not let Rodrigo escape. At the end of the match, Gracie submitted Comporido with Armbar.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2015 IBJJF Black BELT League Super Fight Rodrigo Comprido Win Armbar SPF Open Class

Roger Gracie Vs. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

Roger Gracie faced Marcus Buchecha Almeida again in 2017 after his fabulous performance in 2012. In 2012, Buchecha was a new Black Belt but in 2017, Buchecha was also the 13th time's World Champion.

Buchecha was very energetic at the start of the match. He tried to take down Gracie various times. After a few minutes, Gracie took down Buchecha and actively moved to take his back. Buchecha tried his best to escape but Roger did not let him free.

At the end of the match, Roger submitted Buchecha with a Collar Choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2017 Gracie Pro Jiu-Jitsu Marcus Buchecha Almeida Win Collar Choke SPF Open Class

3. Roger Gracie’s Main Achievements

3.1. Main Achievements in International Tournaments

Year Event Weight Division
2000 Pan American Championship Medium-Heavyweight
2000 IBJJF World Championship Medium-Heavyweight
2001 IBJJF World Championship Medium-Heavyweight
2002 IBJJF World Championship Heavyweight
2004 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy
2005 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy
2005 IBJJF European Open Absolute
2005 ADCC Championship Light Heavy and Absolute
2006 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy
2006 IBJJF Pan Championship Absolute
2007 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy and Absolute 
2008 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy
2009 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy and Absolute
2010 IBJJF World Championship Super Heavy and Absolute

3.2. Main Achievements in Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2003 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd
2004 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2004 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd in absolute weight division 
2005 ADCC Championship Black Belt 1st
2005 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2005 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2005 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd in absolute weight division
2006 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2006 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd in absolute weight division
2006 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 1st in absolute weight division
2006 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 2nd
2007 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2008 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2008 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd in absolute weight division
2009 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st

3.3. Main Achievements in Colored Belts

Year Event Belt Position
2000 IBJJF World Championship Blue 1st
2001 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2002 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st

4. Roger Gracie’s Professional Record Breakdown

4.1. Roger Gracie’s Professional Record Break

83 Matches 76 Wins 7 Losses
By Submissions 62 0
By Points 12 5
By Advantages 1 2
By Decision 1 0

4.2. Roger Gracie’s Submission Methods

Method 62 Wins 0 Loses
Choke from Back 18 0
Armbar 10 0
Submission 5 0
Triangle 2 0
Straight Armlock 1 0
Botinha 1 0
Cross Choke 12 0
RNC 6 0
Choke 3 0
Ezekiel 2 0
Verbal Tap 1 0
Mounted X Choke 1 0

5. Roger Gracie’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Division
2003 Team Nationals Demian Maia W Points O88KG
2003 ADCC Mario Sperry W Pts: 5x0 99KG
2003 ADCC Rigan Machado W Points 99KG
2003 ADCC Olav Einemo L Pts: 2x0 99KG
2003 ADCC Alexandre Ribeiro W Pts: 3x0 99KG
2003 World Champ. Adriano Camolesi W Triangle ABS
2003 World Champ. Marcos Valle W Armbar ABS
2003 World Champ. Marcio Corleta W Referee Decision ABS
2003 World Champ. Marcio Cruz L Pts: 3x0 ABS
2004 World Champ. Ricardo Franco W Submission 100KG
2004 World Champ. Roberto Tozi W Points 100KG
2004 World Champ. Rodrigo Comprido W RNC 100KG
2004 World Champ. Leo Ramos W Submission ABS
2004 World Champ. Roberto Agnese W Cross choke ABS
2004 World Champ. Marcelo Garcia W Pts: 8x2 ABS
2004 World Champ. Fernando Terere W Cross choke ABS
2004 World Champ. Ronaldo Souza L Pts: 4x2 ABS
2005 European Open Roberto Abreu W Cross choke ABS
2005 European Open Fernando Piero W Straight armlock ABS
2005 European Open Ronaldo Souza W Pts: 2x0 ABS
2005 ADCC Eduardo Telles W Armbar 99KG
2005 ADCC Alexandre Ribeiro W RNC 99KG
2005 ADCC A. Cacareco W Verbal tap 99KG
2005 ADCC Justin Garcia W RNC 99KG
2005 ADCC Shinya Aoki W Botinha ABS
2005 ADCC Fabricio Werdum W RNC ABS
2005 ADCC Alexandre Ribeiro W RNC ABS
2005 ADCC Ronaldo Souza W RNC ABS
2005 World Champ. Thiago Borges W Armbar 100KG
2005 World Champ. Fernando Margarida W Choke from back 100KG
2005 World Champ. Alexandre Ribeiro W Pts: 12x2 100KG
2005 World Champ. Fernando Piero W Armbar ABS
2005 World Champ. Robert Oliveira W Choke ABS
2005 World Champ. Fernando Marques W Armbar ABS
2005 World Champ. Saulo Ribeiro W Cross choke ABS
2005 World Champ. Ronaldo Souza L Pts: 2x0 ABS
2006 Pan American Alexandre Ribeiro L Pts: 0x0, Adv 100KG
2006 Pan American T. Gaia W Submission ABS
2006 Pan American Vinny Magalhaes W Choke from back ABS
2006 Pan American Rafael Lovato W Armbar ABS
2006 Pan American Alexandre Ribeiro W Triangle ABS
2006 World Champ. Pedro Schmall W Choke from back 100KG
2006 World Champ. Rodrigo Comprido W Armbar 100KG
2006 World Champ. Robert Drysdale W Mounted X choke 100KG
2006 World Champ. Zumbi Machado W Choke from back ABS
2006 World Champ. Rodrigo Cavaca W Cross choke ABS
2006 World Champ. Marcelo Garcia W Choke from back ABS
2006 World Champ. Alexandre Ribeiro L Pts: 4x4, Adv ABS
2007 ADCC Jon Einemo W Pts: 5x0 ABS
2007 World Champ. Tim Carpenter W Armbar 100KG
2007 World Champ. Adriano Camolesi W Choke from back 100KG
2007 World Champ. Rodrigo Comprido W Cross choke 100KG
2007 World Champ. Robert Drysdale W Choke from back 100KG
2007 World Champ. Rodrigo Cavaca W Armbar ABS
2007 World Champ. Fernando Margarida W Pts: 9x5 ABS
2007 World Champ. Robert Drysdale W Submission ABS
2007 World Champ. Romulo Barral W Choke from back ABS
2008 World Champ. Rodrigo Cavaca W Submission O100KG
2008 World Champ. Luigi Mondelli W Choke from back O100KG
2008 World Champ. Eduardo Telles W Pts: 0x0, Adv O100KG
2008 World Champ. Leonardo Leite W Cross choke O100KG
2008 World Champ. Paul Halme W Choke ABS
2008 World Champ. Tiago Pereira W Choke ABS
2008 World Champ. Alexandre Souza W Cross choke ABS
2008 World Champ. Andre Galvao W Pts: 12x0 ABS
2008 World Champ. Alexandre Ribeiro L Pts: 4x2 ABS
2009 World Champ. Bruno Bastos W Cross choke 100KG
2009 World Champ. Bernardo Faria W Ezekiel 100KG
2009 World Champ. Ricardo Abreu W Ezekiel 100KG
2009 World Champ. Rafael Lovato W Cross choke ABS
2009 World Champ. Claudio Calasans W Cross choke ABS
2009 World Champ. Romulo Barral W Cross choke ABS
2010 World Champ. Luiz Fernando W Choke from back 100KG
2010 World Champ. Bruno Bastos W Choke from back 100KG
2010 World Champ. Walter Vidal W Choke from back 100KG
2010 World Champ. Bruno Bastos W Choke from back 100KG
2010 World Champ. Ricardo Abreu W Pts: 13x2 100KG
2010 World Champ. Frost Murphy W Choke from back ABS
2010 World Champ. Diego Herzog W Choke from back ABS
2010 World Champ. Tarsis Humphreys W Choke from back ABS
2010 World Champ. Rodrigo Cavaca W Choke from back ABS
2012 Metamoris Marcus Almeida D N/A ABS
2015 UFC Expo Rodrigo Comprido W Armbar ABS
2017 Gracie Pro Marcus Almeida W Choke from back ABS

6. Roger Gracie’s Top Fights Links

Roger Gracie VS Bruno Bastos / World Championship 2009

Roger Gracie VS Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros / 2015 IBJJF Black Belt League Super Fight

ROGER GRACIE VS. MARCUS BUCHECHA

Roger Gracie vs Marcus Almeida Buchecha 2012

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