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Kron Gracie Is Transitioning To MMA, Will Make Debut In Japanese Promotion

Kron Gracie, the youngest of Rickson Gracie’s four children is an undeniable Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace. He won the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling Championships last year, but even that is not enough for the 25 year old Gracie.

Gracie lives in California and has been training with family member Cesar Gracie, who is the head coach of Nick and Nate Diaz. After spending some time with them, he has set his sights on competing in MMA, and more than likely his first fight will occur in a Japanese promotion.

“Everything is on the right path. If this is God’s wish it will happen. Japan is offering me more opportunities and it is a beautiful place to fight. …[U.S. organizations] don’t allow long ground fights and the crowd starts to boo… At this moment I want to get experienced, Japan would be the best option for my first step in this sport.” Kron told TATAME. Translation by “mlchagas” from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Gracie would not disclose which promotion he was planning on signing with, but he did say he would be open to competing for other promotions down the line, and that his upcoming bout is being tentatively planned for August in a Japanese promotion.

Not one to mince words, Gracie also said that boxing was not as difficult as he thought it would be.

“Taking punches on the face is not as difficult as I thought [it would be]. Jiu-jitsu is much more difficult than boxing, it’s much more complex,” Gracie said. Translation by Zeca Figueiredo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo fighter trained out of Robson Moura’s Nova União Brazilian jiu-jitsu team.

He did give boxing some credit though. “Of course you can be much more damaged, have some cuts, be knocked out [in boxing]… But, the pain itself, isn’t much bigger. It’s something that you can familiarize, and learn the right way to fight.

“I’m very motivated to fight, [I'm] getting into it, and [I want to] fight the guys who don’t believe that [the art of] jiu-jitsu can win in MMA. I’m here to prove that jiu-jitsu is still the best martial art,” Gracie added.

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