He doesn’t have a ton of MMA experience, but he is a Gracie after all, so his jiu-jitsu is pretty good. That’s not what makes Bellator’s signing of Ralek Gracie interesting, though.
What makes it interesting is that he’s the promoter of the grappling tournament Metamoris, and he’s supposedly screwed competitors over by not paying them. Yikes!
Here’s MMAFighting with the news:
Another member of the first family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the U.S. has penned a deal with Bellator.
Ralek Gracie, perhaps now best known for founding the Metamoris grappling series, has a deal to fight for the promotion, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday night on SportsCenter. Bellator officials confirmed the signing. Gracie’s debut is being targeted for Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.
Gracie has not fought in MMA since 2010, but is 3-0 with a pair of armbar submission victories under his belt. The Los Angeles native defeated Kazushi Sakuraba in his most recent fight by unanimous decision at Dream 14 in Japan. Gracie, 31, also fought on a K-1 Hero’s show in 2007.