In 28 years of experience in MMA, Renzo has built a record of 23 fights, with 14 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest.
He was one of the sport's pioneers and has been in every major competition in the world, including One, Pride, Rings, IFL, UFC and K-1.
He achieved unforgettable victories against 4 UFC champions: Oleg Taktarov, Carlos Newton, Pat Miletich and Maurice Smith.
Renzo also beat a fifth champion of the organization, Frank Shamrock, although this is not a fight to which noble qualities can be attributed: Shamrock lost by disqualification (determined by referee Herb Dean), after applying two knees to the back of Renzo's head.
(It is still relevant to point out that Renzo's career as a fighter was not limited to MMA. At the same time, he continued participating in Jiu-Jitsu and grappling sports championships between 1993 and 2014, becoming a two-time champion in the ADCC-ABU DHABI COMBAT CLUB (in 1998 and 2000), the most prestigious grappling competition in the world.)
During his career in the arenas, many vectors have forced him in different directions, demanding his attention. Renzo was never able to train exclusively, like most professional athletes. But his ability to overcome challenges and setbacks in the ring, face the pressure of building himself up as the master, trainer and manager of one of the most successful gym networks in the world, while continuing to fight (and winning most of the matches), is undoubtedly extraordinary.
In recent times, fighters with impressive cartels have emerged, but how many of them faced opponents 66 pounds heavier? Or fought 3 times in the same night? Or coached world champions while maintaining an intense championship career? Or entered the ring at the age of 51?
It is excellence on each of these fronts – and the sum of all of them – that make Renzo Gracie a truly legendary figure in the territory, both beautiful and brutal, of the martial arts. A point outside the curve. Unique.