Roger Gracie was born on September 26, 1981. He is the son of Reila Gracie (daughter of Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder, Carlos Gracie) and Mauricio Gomes (one of a handful of men who had the honour of receiving their black belts from BJJ legend, Rolls Gracie). Roger started training Jiu Jitsu early in life, like most Gracies, though he didn’t set his mind on the sport until his late teens.
With Gracie blood running through his veins, he quickly picked up the jiu jitsu game, winning several championships as a blue belt, including the Pan Ams and the Mundials (World Championships) in 2000. With an ever-growing list of achievements in sport Jiu Jitsu, his uncle “Carlinhos” awarded Roger his black belt in 2004. A year after receiving his black belt, Roger competed again in ADCC (he had competed in 2003 as a brown belt, picking up 3rd place), being victorious in both his weight and the absolute division. Roger submitted all eight opponents to get both titles - this was the first time a competitor accomplished such a tremendous feat. ADCC success aside, Roger is the most decorated IBJJF black belt in history, with 10 world titles to his name. Staggeringly, he has never been submitted since he was a blue belt, testament to his prowess as both a submission specialist and escape artist.
In recent years, Roger has forged a successful career as a mixed martial artist. He has fought all around the world in organisations such as the UFC, StrikeForce and ONE FC, where he picked up his first MMA world title on May 6th 2016 in Singapore.