Roger Gracie hails from Rio De Janeiro and is the grandson of Carlos Gracie, whose brother Helio Gracie is credited as being the creator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He would go on to become one of the most successful and accomplished grapplers in the world.
Gracie is a ten-time BJJ World Champion and a third-degree BJJ black belt. He has not been submitted in competition since he was a blue belt, and has 10 wins at the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships as a black belt, with three of those in Open Weight competition.
He made his professional cage debut in 2006, and has competed for premier promotions around the world, scoring submission wins over several big names before retiring from competition. In 2014, he decided to make a comeback with ONE Championship, and showcased his developing striking skills to stop James McSweeney in the third round.
In 2016, Gracie became the first Gracie of his generation to win a major world title in cage competition, claiming the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship by submitting Polish powerhouse Michal Pasternak in the first round.