Royler Gracie, a member of MMA’s first family, will make his MMA farewell in September.
Gracie, 45-years-old, will meet Shooto titleholder Masakatsu Ueda under the Amazon Forest Combat banner on September 14 in his native Brazil. The bout will be contested at 154 pounds.
For Gracie, this will mark the end of an incredible career that saw him claim two ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships and several first place finishes at the CBJJ World and Pan American Championships.
“It will be very emotional for me, as it will be my last fight,” said Gracie, who is 5-4 in his MMA career. “I really like the people from Manaus. They treat me very well, and there are also many Gracie Humaita affiliates there. I’m preparing my jiu-jitsu as always and working on MMA with Fabricio ‘Morango’ (Camoes), who will be in my corner. I won’t look for a knockout. I’m not a striker, and I’m always looking to honor my art.
The 33-year-old Ueda was not the first option that Gracie wanted to fight, but his the other opponents did not work out.
“Promoters from Amazon Forest told me they called Eddie Bravo,” said Gracie, who lost to Bravo at the 2003 ADCC world championships. “As far as I know, he didn’t even want to know how much the purse was; he said he doesn’t fight MMA, only ADCC. He was the second option. The first name was (Hideo) Tokoro, who I accepted immediately because he was my last opponent and beat me.”
Tokoro, however, was forced to withdraw due to being selected for the DREAM bantamweight grand prix, which starts next month.
Gracie last fought five years ago, falling to Tokoro at K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!!