Crosley Gracie

Crosley Gracie

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Crosley Gracie (born July 18, 1979) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a mixed martial artist. He is the son of Rosley Gracie and grandson of the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie. He is a member of the Gracie family.

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Crosley Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 18, 1979. He started training at the age of nine with his uncle, Grand Master Reylson Gracie in 1988. In 1992, he went on to train at his other uncle Grand Master Carlson Gracie's academy, competing in an internal tournament held on the same year winning his first Jiu-Jitsu match. In 1999, after 7 years competing in Brazil, Crosley moved to the U.S. to teach the gentle art to the American public. In the year of 2003 Crosley was awarded his black belt from cousin Ralph Gracie. In the same year, Crosley debuted in the MMA scene, defeating current Welterweight Pancrase Champion, Kiuma Kunioku from Japan - who has an MMA record of 29-15-7 (wins-losses-draws) - by unanimous decision in the Pancrase 10th Anniversary Event in Tokyo, Japan. Later in 2004, in his second MMA fight, in PRIDE Bushido 5, also in Japan, Crosley went on to defeat by armbar the highly regarded Japanese star Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (20-5-2), considered to be one of the best and most exciting fighters in the world, having never before been submitted in competition.

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