Three Gracies Added To ONE FC: "Pride Of A Nation" On August 31
ONE Fighting Championship has announced that the legendary Gracie family will be represented in a big way at ONE FC: "Pride on a Nation" on August 31 as Rolles Gracie, Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie have all been added to the upcoming fight card.
Rolles Gracie (6-1) was born into the royal family of BJJ and MMA, the legendary Gracie family, and is the grandson of Carlos Gracie Sr. Rolles is physically the largest fighter in the history of the Gracie clan, standing at 6'4 tall. On August 31, Rolles will face his toughest test to date when he squares off against top Australian fighter, Tony Bonello. Bonello is considered one of the top submission specialists in the heavyweight division, with 15 of his 16 victories coming via submission. Bonello will look to notch another submission victory in Manila when he makes his ONE FC debut.
Igor Gracie (5-2) is a Bellator Fighting Championship and Strikeforce veteran who holds an MMA record of five wins and two losses with four wins coming by way of submission. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt in BJJ and has a list of grappling credentials that is nothing short of extraordinary. Igor is a four-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Pan American Championship Silver Medalist and a two time Brazilian National Champion, just to name a few. He'' look to notch his first victory under the ONE FC banner when he takes on knockout specialist Jung Hwan Cha.
Gregor Gracie (6-2) is a talented grappler who is both the Pan-American and Brazilian National BJJ Champion. Gregor has chalked up a series of impressive MMA wins since his successful debut in 2007. With the exception of one win by decision, the BJJ black belt has ended all his other fights via submission. Gregor will have to add a few more dimensions to his game when he steps in the ONE FC cage against Nicholas Mann. Mann is no stranger to Filipino MMA fans, given that all of his MMA fights have been on Filipino soil. He will look to continue his four fight win streak when he steps up to fight Gregor Gracie on 31 August 2012.
Mixed Martial Arts and BJJ legend Renzo Gracie stated, “Rolles, Igor and Gregor Gracie have never trained so hard for a fight in their lives. All three of my students understand that ONE FC in Manila will be the largest MMA event in the history of the Philippines. They are embracing this experience whole-heartedly and are training exceptionally hard to achieve victory in front of 16,500 fans. The fans in Manila will get the chance to see the next generation of the Gracie family dominate the world of MMA once again.”
(Pictured: Rolles Gracie)