Kron Gracie

Brazil

First career loss comes in Tampa
FeatherweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Gracie lost to Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
His first professional loss aside, Gracie should be proud of himself. He hung tough in a kickboxing match that favored Swanson from the very start. Gracie has all of six pro fights under his belt at age 31. His first five prior to Saturday had resulted in submission victories, but the longer he was forced to stand on the feet, the worse it got for him. Gracie certainly dished out his fair share of punishment to Swanson as well, but it's quite clear the Brazilian BJJ wizard has work to do refining his all-around game. Gracie is quite an athlete and he trains with the Diaz brothers, so don't bet against Kron. On the bright side, the two men will each take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for their efforts.
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Gets a big step up
FeatherweightUFC
July 15, 2019
Gracie and UFC brass are finalizing a featherweight matchup against Cub Swanson at a UFC Fight Night event scheduled for Oct. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a curious bit of matchmaking, as Gracie is off to a perfect 5-0 start to his career (1-0 UFC), but will be pinned against a grizzled veteran of 36 professional fights. Nonetheless, Swanson has plenty of name recognition due to a list of historically wild fights, even if he happens to be riding a four-fight losing streak in present time. All of those losses have been to well-respected competition, however, so Gracie would be unwise to underestimate one of the greatest featherweights to never own a belt. From a fantasy perspective, Gracie owners will essentially be counting on a first-round submission, as he was credited with just two significant strikes before doing just that to Alex Caceres in his UFC debut. The door may be open for grappling points against Swanson, however, as he owns just a career 60 percent takedown defense. He's been better in that area of late, though much of that can be attributed to facing strike-first opponents.
Lives up to his legacy
FeatherweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Gracie defeated Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
If you had seen Gracie's previous MMA fights, then this one played out as you would expect. He looked a little lost in the striking exchanges, but he eventually closed the distance and took the rear clinch. From there it was only a matter of time until he dragged the fight to the ground, took the back and finished with the rear-naked choke. Gracie will have tougher fights in his UFC career, but his grappling ability is on another level. For now, it was plenty to at least get him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Set for UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
December 3, 2018
Gracie inked a contract with the UFC on Monday and will take on Alex Caceres in his debut Jan. 26 in Anaheim, California, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gracie hasn't fought in an MMA event since Dec. of 2016 when he defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission (rear-naked choke). The 30-year-old has a perfect 4-0 career record, including victories over Erson Yamamoto and Hideo Tokoro in addition to Kawajiri under the Rizin banner. On the other side of the ring, Caceres sports a 14-11 record and is coming off a win against Martin Bravo in July.